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Francisco Cervelli shut down for two weeks with stress reaction in elbow

Jul 4, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

Francisco Cervelli AP AP

The Yankees were hoping to get catcher Francisco Cervelli back from a fractured right hand shortly after the All-Star break, but that won’t happen now.

According to the Associated Press, Cervelli will be shut down for the next two weeks after an MRI exam revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow. A stress reaction is the precursor to a stress fracture, so the Yankees aren’t going to take any chances. Joe Girardi doesn’t expect him to return until sometime in August.

Cervelli, 27, was batting .269/.377/.500 with three home runs and eight RBI in 17 games prior to breaking his hand when he was hit by a foul tip on April 26. The Yankees have relied on a combination of Chris Stewart and Austin Romine behind the plate during his absence.

  1. jayscarpa - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    The Yankees need to pick up a catcher. Romine is in way over his head and always looks lost at the plate. Easier said than done unfortunately.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      and the jays need to find themselves an entire pitching staff, fast…

      • nbjays - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        And dirtyharry needs a girlfriend, although I’m not altogether convinced he rolls that way.

  2. flamethrower101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Tough. Cervelli finally got his chance and looked great in brief action. Now he might not make it back until mid-August and that’s being optimistic. As if nothing else could go wrong for the Yankees.

  3. 13arod - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    I think that the yanks should have signed Kelly shoppach but went to the nationals

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