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Francisco Cervelli returns from 60-day disabled list

Jun 17, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

Francisco Cervelli AP

The Yankees have made a change at backup catcher, activating Francisco Cervelli from the 60-day disabled list and sending John Ryan Murphy back to Triple-A.

Murphy did a solid job playing behind starter Brian McCann, hitting .286 with one homer and a .673 OPS in 24 games, but at age 23 the Yankees probably wouldn’t mind him playing more regularly in the minors and when healthy Cervelli has been a quality backup for several years now.

He sat out two months with a hamstring injury and previously missed a lot of time with a concussion, but Cervelli is a career .269 hitter with a nice .340 on-base percentage in 206 games for the Yankees.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I realize that Cervelli missed some games due to an injury, but didn’t he also miss some games due to PED’s?

    • mikhelb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      Served a 50 game suspension last year, yes, since his injury would have him sidelined for about the same amount of time, he came out of the DL quickly and served his suspension… or something like that.

  2. bmadormo - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    50 game ped suspension. Cervelli is a very good back up catcher and he could probably start on quite a few teams. Good move to send Murphy down and get to play.

  3. pisano - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    He’ll never hit enough to be a first line catcher, and really not that good on defense, especially throwing out base runners.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Strange that you got some thumbs down. Probably from some ignorant teenagers.

      • pisano - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        pc… some people just don’t like reality. I’ve always liked Cervelli’s hustle, but a spade is a spade on his shortcomings.

    • mikhelb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      How much is “enough”? He has showed he can hit around 0.260-0.270 AVG with a 0.320-0.330 OBP, both being above average for catchers from 2010-2014, and a wRC of 92, just around average for that position.

      Considering how bad are catchers nowadays, with a few notable exceptions, he can very well hit above aveerage for a catcher, won’t hit for power but can be serviceable hitting 7-8 or 9th in a lineup.

      His defense is shaky at best, bad blocking pitches in the plate (as bad as Russell Martin), has a noodle for an arm and lacks consistency catching, something you’d expect from infielders turned catchers like him (he was a SS).

      For a backup, his numbers are decent enough, BUT i still liked SKJRM better than him, but it was expected, SKJRM still has options and was sent to the minors, while Cervelli doesn’t have more options.

  4. sabresfanallday - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Him taking PEDs is not a fact. He was connected with the group

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      So he accepted the 50 game suspension why? Because he’s a nice person?

    • mikhelb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      It is a fact, Francisco accepted he used “illegal stuff”.

  5. wirefxr - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    It is a fact. He accepted it as fact, didn’t appeal and took the suspension. No different than pleading guilty in a court of law

    • dcarroll73 - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Excuse me but I think both legally and in practical terms it is entirely different from “pleading guilty in a court of law”. This PEDs obsession has got to stop. There is FAR more evidence that the “greenies” of the ’50s and ’60s had a performance enhancing effect than there is about steroids and HGH, but please don’t let logic get in the way of your narrative (and if you did, think of all those great HoFers that you might have to say nasty things about.)

    • mikhelb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Uhm… maybe you didn’t see the interviews where he acknowledged he used banned substances to see if it could help speed his recovery. IT IS a fact. I’m a yankee fan and all but dude/dudette, he accepted it publicly.

  6. mikhelb - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    “Serial Killer” John Ryan Murphy shouldn’t worry, in about a week Cervelli will injure again, maybe a foul will hit him in the hand yet again, a hamstring will give him problems (again) or.. wait, now he can not be hit while blocking home plate… ok maybe it will take more than a week.

  7. mazblast - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Ooohh, Francisco Cervelli is back. The rest of MLB quakes in fear. Engrave the Yankees’ name on the World Series trophy, no need to play the games. It’s over.

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