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Cervelli to DL with Grade II hamstring strain

RHP Shane Greene optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open roster spot
04/14/2014 4:09 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Francisco Cervelli went down in the Yankees' Sunday win over the Red Sox.(AP)
The New York Yankees will indeed be without catcher Francisco Cervelli for a while, as an MRI performed Sunday night revealed a Grade 2 strain of Cervelli's right hamstring.

Yankees PR announced in an official release that Cervelli will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game (with the stint retroactive to Monday), but no initial timetable was given in regards to a rehab plan or estimated length of his absence.

Cervelli was injured running out a ground ball in the fourth inning of the Yankees' win over the Red Sox on Sunday, grabbing his hamstring as he crossed the bag on what was initially ruled an inning-ending 5-4-4-3 double play. He stayed down on the field and was looked at by trainers while the call was reviewed by the umpires, and went into the dugout limping shortly before crew chief Brian O'Nora reversed the decision and ruled Cervelli safe at first.

He had started the game at first base because minor injuries to Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts had already shuffled the infield, and his departure led to Carlos Beltran's first career appearance at first.

Cervelli had the MRI immediately after the game, and while manager Joe Girardi did not yet know the severity of the injury during his post-game press conference, he intimated that it was something that would sideline Cervelli for a while, saying "we don't anticipate a day-to-day" situation and that "we've probably lost him for a while."

Despite having Jeter sit out Sunday with a tight right quadriceps, Roberts miss the game after a precautionary MRI on his sore lower back, and Cervelli leave with his hamstring injury, the Yankees did manage to dodge one injury bullet with their starting catcher, Brian McCann, who was hit on the right hand while behind the plate in the eighth inning.

Trainers tended to McCann but he stayed in the game, and the backstop said afterwards that he would have an x-ray just to be safe but felt fine; McCann's x-ray came back negative, and he is not expected to miss any time.

The Yankees will have to make a move to bring up a reserve catcher (either Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy) ahead of Tuesday's game, and it appears they will also make a move to add some position player depth; RHP Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday's game so there is an open spot on the 25-man roster, but with only pitchers, catchers, and outfielders in reserve on the 40-man roster, the team will have to make a move to open a spot if they choose to add an extra infielder.

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