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Yankees place Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list

Apr 15, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Francisco Cervelli injured his hamstring Sunday night and the Yankees have placed the backup catcher on the 60-day disabled list rather than the usual 15-day disabled list.

Cervelli is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, so he might be ready before 60 days are up, but the move was likely made mostly because players on the 60-day DL don’t count against the 40-man roster and the Yankees’ numerous injuries have put them in a bit of a roster crunch.

In fact, their roster is so wrecked by injuries that when Cervelli got hurt Sunday he was actually playing the game as a first baseman, which the career-long catcher had never played before.

New York has called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and infielder Scott Sizemore as the latest batch of Triple-A reinforcements.

  1. bigharold - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    WTF? Is Romney hurt?

    • jerze2387 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Well, he’s still reeling from that loss to Obama……

      • stevejohnson38 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        so is the rest of the country :D

    • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      I was hoping that they would bring up the Austin, long leafed one myself, so I could use the “lettuce entertain you” line.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Romine vs romaine. That’d be like if we called cervelli “cervix”. Sometimes the joke isn’t quite worth the reach.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Murphy has been starting ahead of Romine (fixed it for you) all season and is the higher ranked prospect.

  2. brandotho - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Basically all the Yankees depth….. is at catcher.

    • uyf1950 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      That simply isn’t true. They have a lot of depth in the minors at the outfield positions and in the bullpen. They also have 2 guys working long relief that would probably be starters on several of the other clubs.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        How dare you say something complimentary about the Yankees on PHT?

      • 18thstreet - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        They also have a guy in their starting rotation (Nova) who would be working long relief for many clubs.

        I kid, I kid.

        Sorta.

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        And they are employing infielders who wouldn’t make many teams AAA squads.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        @ spudchukar, and in spite of that they managed to just take 3 of 4 from the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox. Imagine if they had MLB players in the infield.

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        It isn’t 2013 anymore. And remember I picked the Sox to finish below the Yanks, and over at Baseball-Reference they maintain that only the D-backs have played worse than New York in 2014.

      • uyf1950 - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        @ spudchukar, you’re right it sin’t 2013 any more. And for that I am extremely grateful. As for the rest of your comment who cares about the what baseball-reference says at this point or what you predicted. The fact is the Yankees have played well enough after 13 games to be tied for 1st place in the AL East all the rest is just hyperbole.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Wow, second worst in the entire major leagues, huh? So they probably can only go up from here. And they’re already in first place?

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        The point is they have played an extremely easy schedule so far in 2013, and that their 7-6 record is a chimera, and should not be expected to continue if they play like they have so far in 2014. Of course it is early. But it is early to suggest the Yankees are a first place team, when those who judge such things recognize they haven’t played very well.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        It’s 2014. Which more than correcting a typo should also point out that you couldn’t possibly know how easy or hard their schedule is because you have no idea how any of these teams will turn out.

        But if we are going to go off of 2013 performance, the Yankees have actually done much better against teams you could expect to contend (red sox) versus teams you shouldn’t (astros)

      • spudchukar - Apr 15, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Nobody was correcting a typo. And while it is true that degree of difficulty of schedule is ever-changing, the guys at Baseball-Reference take that into consideration, and suggest that the Yankee 7-6 record makes them the second worse team in Baseball.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        No, I was correcting your typo. Here is what you typed: “The point is they have played an extremely easy schedule so far in 2013″. That would be a typo. And I would love to hear how the geniuses at Baseball-Reference take the “ever-changing nature” of degree of difficulty into account when determining which teams that were terrible last year won’t be this year and vice versa with any more accuracy than anyone other prognosticator. No one knows who will be good yet and who won’t, the stat is worthless, and if it didn’t make the Yankees look bad, you wouldn’t be bringing it up. Over and over again. On post after post.

  3. Liam - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Horrible news for the Cervelli Crew. We’ll have to look elsewhere to get our fix of high socked catchers without batting gloves.

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