Cervelli out six weeks with broken right hand

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Update: Ivan Nova leaves game with pain in his elbow

Another one bites the dust. Frankie Cervelli will miss a minimum of six weeks after suffering a fractured right hand on a foul tip in the very first inning of tonight’s game, the Yankees announced. He will have surgery tomorrow and Austin Romine has already been pulled from the Triple-A Scranton game according to Donnie Collins, so it’s very safe to assume he will join the team tomorrow. No 40-man roster move will be required.

Cervelli, 27, was hitting .269/.377/.500 (144 wRC+) with three homers in 61 plate appearances on the young season. He also threw out two of four attempted base-stealers and had played reasonably well defensively. Cervelli pushed himself ahead of Chris Stewart on the depth chart and had unofficially taken over as the everyday catcher about two weeks ago. Even though he spent basically all of last season in the minors, this is a pretty significant loss for a team that didn’t have much offensive wiggle room to start with.

It goes without saying that I hope Stewart doesn’t take over as the starting catcher by default. Romine should play regularly and get a chance to play everyday if he shows up and hits. He came into today with a .341/.400/.415 (134 wRC+) batting line in 45 plate appearances for Triple-A Scranton. Considering that hand injuries can linger, the Yankees should be scouring the waiver and trade markets for catching help as well. The problem is that quality backstops are hard to find, so I wouldn’t expect any luck there.

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Game 22: The Last Laff ... ey
Update: Ivan Nova leaves game with pain in his elbow
  • PFOJ

    Romine Regiment time I guess.

    • lightSABR

      Good heavens. The way this season is going, they might as well just put the whole team on the DL and move the remaining games to Scranton.

      Except, of course, that if they did that, the Railriders would immediately start getting injured and we’d have to be replacing them from Trenton…

      • Havok9120

        No, see, that’s the beauty of this plan. Most of the MLBers WOULDN’T ACTUALLY BE HURT. Once the Scranton guys took the hit we just reactivate the MLB guys and BAM, we’re golden.

  • Pasta

    Great stewie bats 5th now.
    Bring up romine
    Jr murphy to swb
    Sanchez to trenton

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Scranton is what? Like 3 hours from the Bronx?

    • Havok9120

      There’s a reason the teams usually keep their AAA teams so close to the MLB park.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    This does not make me happy.

  • Eddard

    It’s bad enough that Jete, Grandy and Teix are out but now we’re losing the guys like Youk and Cervelli who were actually playing well. Youk better be back tomorrow. Hopefully they were just being cautious with Frankie and he’ll be back tomorrow.

    • CountryClub

      It was a direct hit on the knuckles. I’d be surprised if there’s not a break.

  • JLC 776

    Nova, too? When it rains on this team, it really freaking pours.

  • Eddard

    Oh Jesus, not a broken hand. Frankie was having the season of his life. The lineup was supposed to get better over time but just continues to get worse as the injuries mount.

  • Chip

    Romine has to be the starter right? Can’t bring him up and sit him for weeks on end

    • CountryClub

      I doubt it. Stewart will be the starter and Romine will play once or twice a week unless he takes the job away.

      • MartinRanger

        So they would mess with Romine’s development so they could get Stewart in the lineup? I would hope even the Yankees wouldn’t be that stupid.

        Romine might have a future on this team. Stewart sure as hell doesn’t.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I think you underestimate how much they like Stewart.
          I’d guess they’ll somewhat split time to start and see if one emerges as the starter.

          • MartinRanger

            But in this case it shouldn’t be about how much they like Stewart. It should be about how can they develop Romine into a catching option for the future.

            And sitting him on the Major League bench for Stewart regularly would be idiocy.

            And I really don’t want to believe the Yankees are that short-sighted.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              When have the Yankees put development of a position player ahead of winning?
              If they think Stewart gives them a better chance to win right now, Stewart’s going to be the starter. I don’t imagine they’d be all that concerned that a 6 week stint as a part-time catcher would irreparably harm Romine’s development. It took a few years before they let Posada be a full time starter, and Posada>>>Romine.
              It’s likely going to depend entirely on who they think is better now between Stewart and Romine.

              • MartinRanger

                re: the better player plays – absolutely. if Romine is overmatched and Stewart is holding his own there’s little point is running Romine out there.

                but I see the odds of Stewart being significantly better than Romine as basically nil.

                I just want the Yankees to actually make this a competition.

                • jjyank

                  I agree with both of you. The Yankees will choose the player they think can help them win now, but I do hope they give both players a legit shot to see what they have before automatically giving Stewart the starting slot.

            • CountryClub

              I don’t disagree. But they don’t really have any other options as a backup catcher. I don’t think they would have Romine up if they did.

    • emac2

      Absolutely. Though I expect it to be 4/3 instead of 5/2

  • Joe R

    Certainly never thought we’d be at a point where I’d say Cervelli is a big loss for us right now, but alas, here we are.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Nova is going to miss six weeks? Yay. ;)

  • Chip

    Time for Cervelli to get Wally Pip’d

  • warren

    theres a reason why they try to teach catchers to put their throwing hand behind their back or at least their leg. Gotta protect yourself but dammit that sucks

    • LarryM Fl

      +1

    • Tom

      Yup…This was a preventable injury – especially with noone on base.

      I know people are not going to want to hear it but it was either laziness or poor instruction in the minor leagues. There’s no way his hand should be out like that.

    • Chief Wahoo

      Agreed. Bad fundamentals=stupid preventable injury.

  • HistoryProf

    I think you mean CERVELLI (not Nova) broke his hand, right?

  • mel

    u mean cervelli with the broken hand, not nova.

  • Dela G

    Now we get to see how good romine really is

    • CountryClub

      It’ll be nice to get an extended look. But we have to remember that this is a young player that has missed considerable time over the past 2 seasons. Far from a finished product.

      • emac2

        Why do we have to remember that?

        Are Stewart and Cervelli finished products and, if so, should they be in the majors?

        Romane is hitting .333 and has plenty of minor league experience at the upper levels and has been a top prospects for years.

        The injury doesn’t mean he starts over from square one and he’s healthy now. He should be thrown in there as the starter and play regardless of the bat or we should stop pretending we develop players and trade them all before they get to AAA.

  • Tyler

    Romine definitely getting called up his was already pulled from his game tonight.

  • trr

    in 50 seasons following this team, never, and I mean never, have I seen anything like these injuries!!!

  • mike_h

    is Gustavo Molina still around??

  • Cano fan 1

    Please bring Sanchez up.

    • The Doctor

      If you’d like to see a 50% K rate and the ruining of a potential superstar, sure.

  • Kevin Ocala, Fl

    Other’s have mentioned it above, but I’ve heard more commentary over the course of Cervelli’s career about keeping that hand out. I mean, you’d think the first time you got grazed by a 90+ pitch you’d learn! Damn shame….. And now the “pastures are greener on the other side” crowd will get to see who can out-pitch Nova. That pain that was described is ominous…..

  • Fins

    Cirvelli is about as unlucky as it gets. He gets demoted last year for Stewart, and ends up in AAA the year they dont have a stadium. Ends up staying down there the entire year as neither Stewart nor Martin miss a game. He wins the starting job this year and gets hurt after a handful of games. I feel bad for the guy.

    • Erik

      Not to mention breaking his leg, getting railroaded in the late innings of a Spring Training game.

  • Dave M

    My god that looks painful! I cringed watching that. Feel badly for Cervelli. Always like him, was dispointeed for him last year when he was demoted, was happy for his nice start this year, and now this happens! What is next? Its gonna be Haf or Wells given their hot start and our penchant for injuries.

  • http://riveravenueblues mississippi Doc

    Injuries have a way of being contagious. Last year’s Blue Jays and the 2011 Red Sox had similar experiences. And this team is a long way from seeing productive players in Rodriguez, Jeter, or Texiera.

    • JLC 776

      Last year’s Yankees, too. The rash of strange and unusual injuries that plagued that team all year long was, well, strange and unusual.

  • GreenArm

    I honestly don’t know a ton about him (save a brief BB-Ref once over), but if the Phils DFA Quintero, with Ruiz coming back, is he worth a look?

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I’m excited to see if romaine can contribute at the big league level. He seems to have been hanging around the minors for a while and we certainly do not want to miss out on his salad days. If he’s good, he can help the Yankees out with their self imposed celery cap next year. Get him to the Bronx chop chop and see if he has enough seasoning to contribute something to the team. He could be a real table setter even if he is still a little green. I have a feeling that he has the right kind of fiber to really help the team out when he’s either up at the plate or serving the team at the dish on defense. This call up could be just the carrot he needs to really step up and show his stuff.