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Francisco Cervelli OK after suffering whiplash in Venezuelan Winter League

Jan 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Cervelli walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Washington Nationals in Tampa Reuters

We heard last week that the Yankees are prepared to begin 2013 with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart as their catching duo, so this report from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York is worth noting.

Francisco Cervelli, who seems to make getting hurt in the off-season or in spring training an annual ritual, suffered a whiplash injury on a foul tip while catching in the Venezuelan Winter League and was flown back to Tampa by the Yankees last week for an examination.

Cervelli underwent an MRI in Venezuela which came back clean, but the Yankees wanted to take a look at him, likely due to his lengthy concussion history. The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be serious, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said they were just being “overly cautious” and that he’s going back to Venezuela to finish the season. He should be fine for spring training.

Cervelli spent most of last season with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. The 26-year-old backstop owns a .271/.339/.353 batting line in the majors.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Did he consult with his lawyer before crying whiplash?

  2. mazblast - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Cervelli and Stewart. For a team that is supposed to be a contender every year.

    Right. Yeah. Sure. Uh huh.

  3. simonfoster231171 - Jan 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Cervelli has some limited use. Stewart has none.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I wouldn’t worry about whiplash- he’s I-Talian, so you have to worry about movement of his hands…that’s how we communicate with each other.

  5. js20011041 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I wonder if he really hurt his neck by faking the ball going back to the backstop or if it was some other douchebag move that he does. It almost takes talent for a backup catcher to create an irrational level of hatred. I can’t stand this guy.

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