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Francisco Cervelli exits with leg injury

Apr 13, 2014, 10:41 PM EDT

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Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli left Sunday night’s game against the Red Sox with a leg injury, reports Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York. Cervelli had been attempting to beat out a ground ball double play in the fourth inning and was ruled out on a controversial call that went to instant replay. The call was overturned and manager John Farrell was ejected.

With Mark Teixeira out, the Yankees had Cervelli start tonight at first base. Brian McCann was the only non-emergency catcher available for Sunday night. When Cervelli exited, Carlos Beltran moved from right field to first base — playing first base for the first time in his professional career — and Ichiro Suzuki entered the game in right field.

The Yankees are having problems with injuries at the moment. Aside from Teixeira, second baseman Brian Roberts is dealing with back problems and Derek Jeter has been held out with a sore quadriceps.

  1. aresachaela - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!? Dunno what’s worse a catcher playing he’s first time at 1st base? Or an outfielder with a tremendous throwing arm also playing at 1st base? Hope Beltran won’t continue playing that position cause half of the big bucks he’s being paid at was to his cannon arm out there! Not doing some split stretch there in 1st base.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Relax. Beltran was only there because there was no else. Johnson was stuck at third because Solarte was stuck at second because Anna was stuck at SS because Jeter was stuck on the bench. Johnson will go back to first on Tuesday when Jeter returns, Anna goes back to second and Solarte goes back to third. And Anna goes back to the bench when Roberts back loosens up.

      And everything will be fine. Until the next injury.

      • aresachaela - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Wheeeew! (Sigh of relief…) not unless another injury happens.. :-(

    • mikhelb - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      Cervelli has played 1B other times, he was originally a middle infielder.

      Ichiro today made a great pair of catches, one was particularly good; I doubt Beltrán could do that pair of catches if he was still the OF.

      Before this series, JoeG opted to send to AAA one of their bench players to include an extra pitcher… they were on the brink of using Anna as C and Soriano as 2B if something really bad happened to McCann. Jeter was not benched (same as Roberts) and I doubt they would have used Jeter to field.

  2. toodrunktotastethischicken - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    All the spending and flashy moves aside, these handful of injuries are really exposing their lack of depth.

  3. tuucamaron - Apr 14, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    This is one of those rare cases when I wanted a player not to hustle so hard

    • deathmonkey41 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Wound up being the winning run though.

  4. mikhelb - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Backup of the backup? Come on! in 2013 they used the backup of the backup of the backup:

    Mark Reynolds, who was the backup of Travis Haffner;
    Travis Haffner was actually the backup of Lyle Overbay;
    Overbay was the backup of Teixeira.

    At SS and 3B it was the same thing.

  5. bigharold - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    They won 3-2, .. it’s all good.

    They don’t play again till Tuesday. Plenty of time to bring someone up from AAA. The Pinstripe machine will keep on keeping on.

    • Mr. Furious - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      The problem is that they don’t have anybody else on the 40-man that can play first. They have five position players – three catchers (Sanchez, Romine, and Murphy), and two outfielders (Almonte and Heathcott), none of whom are realistic options.

      If Cervelli is out for any length of time, they’d probably call up Russ Canzler and DFA somebody. I don’t know who that would be, but I guess Preston Claiborne is the best candidate.

  6. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Can we please see a little more of ICHIRO dammit !!!

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      I love Ichiro now than ever. Forced into a reserve role that he has never had to deal with before in his career, all he does is start .421 and make circus catches in the outfield.

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      he has an 86 OPS+ over the last 3 years.

  7. whiskey4breakfast - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    CC 4 DH!

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