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Cervelli progressing well in rehab

Catcher has been out since April 13 with Grade 2 hamstring strain
05/12/2014 5:42 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Francisco Cervelli is eligible to return from the disabled list on June 13.(AP)
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was at Yankee Stadium for the start of the Subway Series, but his role was simply as a rehabbing player.

Cervelli, who has been on the disabled list since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring strain on April 13, ran indoors at the Stadium on Monday, and said that he's progressing well in his rehab.

"Everything is feeling really good. It's not 100 percent, but it's getting close," Cervelli said. "It's a little tight, but I don't feel any pain, so that means it's getting better."

Although he was "glued to the couch because it was tough to walk too much" the first couple weeks following the injury, Cervelli has been at least throwing since early on in the rehab to keep his arm loose. He said he's been "doing a lot of stuff" since and has been in New York the whole time, but he hopes to start hitting soon -- and expects to possibly report to Tampa within the next week to continue rehabbing at the team complex.

"I hope to go down (to Tampa) this weekend or next week when the team goes away. It's time to go outside and get ready to play," he said. "I just go day-by-day because right now I'm just throwing, but I need to start doing some drills and catching and hitting outside."

Cervelli is not eligible to return from the disabled list until June 13, but even if he's ready to go before then, he's okay with missing the bulk of two months if it means he'll be healthy from there on out.

"I just play baseball, I don't do the office job," he said when asked how it felt to be put on the 60-day DL. "But if I'm ready before (his eligible return date) then I'm going to have more time to heal better and feel better. I don't want to go down and go on the DL again."

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