Cervelli to DL; Murphy, Sizemore called up

Injuries force Yankees to make roster moves ahead of Wednesday doubleheader
04/15/2014 2:22 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy participates in a drill during spring training.(AP)
While the New York Yankees' game against the Cubs was postponed on Tuesday, the team did make three roster moves ahead of what will now be a Wednesday day-night doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs.

Yankees PR announced Tuesday afternoon that the team has placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list because of the Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring, recalled catcher John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and signed infielder Scott Sizemore, who was also with the RailRiders, to a major-league contract and selecting him to the roster.

Cervelli's move to the 60-day DL opened up a 40-man roster spot for Sizemore, and the Yankees had another open spot on the 25-man after RHP Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A following Sunday's game.

Per MLB rules, the Yankees will not, however, be able to make another move Wednesday to add a 26th man for the aforementioned doubleheader, as the make-up game was scheduled less than 24 hours after the original postponement.

Murphy, who made his major-league debut last September, was hitting .192 (5-for-26) with three RBI in seven games for the RailRiders, and he will now back up Brian McCann for the time being.

Sizemore, 29, had been competing for an infield job in spring training, but was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when final cuts were made. He had been tearing up Triple-A, however, hitting .344 with four extra-base hits, five RBI, and a .936 OPS in seven games for the RailRiders.

With Kelly Johnson manning first base until Mark Teixeira returns from the DL later this week and Brian Roberts battling a sore lower back, Sizemore could immediately be inserted into the starting lineup at either second or third base on Wednesday; while down in Triple-A, he had played five games at the hot corner and two at second.

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