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Yankees’ Ivan Nova, Francisco Cervelli exit with injuries

Apr 26, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

Ivan Nova AP

At this rate, the Yankees might run out of players. Two more players are headed to the infirmary as pitcher Ivan Nova and catcher Francisco Cervelli both exited tonight’s game against the Blue Jays with injuries.

Cervelli hurt his hand on a foul ball from Jays batter Rajai Davis in the first inning, per ESPN’s Andrew Marchand. He initially stayed in the game but was eventually replaced by Chris Stewart.

Update (8:25 PM): It’s a broken hand for Cervelli, per Jon Heyman.

Update (8:35 PM): Surgery will be required, knocking Cervelli out at least six weeks, tweets Marchand.

Nova left in the fifth inning after Davis hit a ground ball up the middle for a hit. The ball did not appear to hit Nova, but he was visited by the team trainer and left immediately without throwing any warm-up pitches, according to Yankees blog River Ave Blues. He was replaced by David Phelps.

Update (8:35 PM): Nova left with pain in his right elbow, and will have an MRI per Marchand.

The Yankees already have three players on the 60-day DL and three on the 15-day DL as well as Kevin Youkilis, who may wind up on the DL in the coming days. Despite the adversity, though, the Yankees have persevered, entering tonight’s game with a 12-9 record.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Since Romine was removed from his Triple A game, the Cervelli injury probably means a trip to the DL.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:21 PM


      • 18thstreet - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Without looking at Cervelli’s stats, it’s hard to imagine that what he contributes can’t be replaced. The difference between the playoffs and non-the-playoffs is not the difference between Francisco Cervelli and his replacement.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        While acknowledging that some regression is certainly forthcoming, Cervelli’s hitting .269/.377/.500. His replacement will almost certainly hit worse.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      Can’t wait to see Romine get his shot, he was ready this year and im really looking forward to Phelps getting his shot in the rotation. Oh hey proudly that was another quality start by a starting pitcher from the bluejays

      • paperlions - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        What has Romine done to make anyone think he can be an everyday regular?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      9-15 bluejays, You should be ashamed!! You should be hiding somewhere if you had any pride!!! Time to start the Gibbons death watch folks!!

  2. newpairofsox - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Double Doom!

  3. cackalackyank - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    …and the hits just keep on coming. Hits to the roster that is.

    • badintent - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Like the blast by Gardner to the stands ? Or Cano’s thunder blast ? Yankees running a MASH unit but Cashmen will find what the team needs.He’s callling Pugh right now.And Pizzaa..And Fisk.

  4. flamethrower101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The Nova injury concerns me more. Elbow injuries for pitchers more often than not mean the three dreaded words: Tommy John surgery. But as long as we don’t hear the other 3 dreaded words “Dr. James Andrews” within the next day or so, it may turn out OK.

    • flamethrower101 - Apr 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Then again, seeing as he didn’t really complain or take any warm-up pitches, I keep thinking “He better have a big injury” ’cause if it’s just soreness of sorts, then I will be pissed. A team decimated by injuries right now need their starters to come through and Nova’s been nothing but a joke since the 1st half of 2012.

  5. theskinsman - Apr 27, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    With unlimited money available to buy more players, what real difference does a few injuries make?

    • 18thstreet - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      That well has run dry. Not so much the money (which they have plenty of) but talent. When the Yankees needed a replacement for A-Rod for a few months, they signed Kevin Youkilis to a two-year deal. When they needed a replacement for Granderson, their options were Vernon Wells or Alfonzo Soriano, expensive old players.

      There’s no magic, if overpaid, talent just waiting to be scooped up. The Youkilis and Wells deals prove it.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Youk got a one-year deal.

      • theskinsman - Apr 27, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Youk,if healthy is better than aroid at this point. He can still rake at the plate,and can play 1st,3rd,and if you need comic relief left. Plus he doesn’t use purple lipstick and get named in semi-weekly PEd investigations.
        Other teams(well,most) are always available to sell off good players if the price/trade is right. I don’t have any inside knowledge of the evil empire’s finances, but a good century plus of buying whatever they wanted is hard to ignore.

  6. anxovies - Apr 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Been looking through the Yankee minor league rosters to see who they might bring up in response to all of the injuries and realized that Ronnier Mustelier is missing. He is a right hand hitter and seemed to be close to major league ready at the end of Spring Training and I was wondering if anybody knows what happened to him?

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