Cervelli still five weeks away from resuming baseball activities


Via Anthony McCarron: Frankie Cervelli said he is still five weeks away from resuming baseball activities due to his broken right hand. He’ll begin hand strengthening exercises in three weeks and is not eligible to come off the DL until early-July. Basically the All-Star break.

Cervelli, 27, was expected to miss at least six weeks when he suffered the injury 11 days ago, but the Yankees acknowledged that timetable wasn’t going to happen when they placed him on the 60-day DL last week. That whole “at least” part was pretty important. Chris Stewart hasn’t hit a lick since being thrust into a full-time role and it’s clear Joe Girardi has little trust in Austin Romine right now, so losing Cervelli for two months is a pretty big deal. I doubt they look to make a trade for a backstop, but they should.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Jim Is Bored says:

    I really don’t understand why they aren’t giving Romine more playing time. Is it really because Pettitte got blown up while he was behind the plate? I don’t really have any other explanation.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s really quite silly. Was the feedback from Andy THAT bad?

      The only reason I’m not more concerned about this is because I basically think he’s going to get more time by default. Stewart is going to look less and less like an everyday catcher as the days pass.

      ….and if he starts looking one instead? Then I guess that’s not a bad thing?

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        I mean it’s always possible Stewart finds a magic lamp and develops starting caliber major league catching ability. But I think he’s been in the majors long enough that we know what he is.

        And I just don’t know how Romine can be any worse.

        Also, I have no basis for the “because pettitte got blown up” reasoning. It’s just spitballing. Just in case someone accuses me of making things up again.

    • RetroRob says:

      Unfortunate timing if Andy hitting a slump happened the first game Romine caught him. Hopefully this is simply a case of Romine working with all the pitchers on the side, and then he’ll get in more games. It would be a poor decision to have Romine rust on the bench for two months. If that’s their plans, send him back to AAA and call up whomever the hell is catching in AAA right now.

      I suspect Romine will get more time in a bit.

    • LK says:

      Well, the problem is that Romine hasn’t really proven anything at the MLB level and we don’t know what the Yanks actually think of him. It would appear that they think Stewart is the better option right now, and they might be right. Romine would probably be a better hitter, but he might still suck, and the gap defensively isn’t necessarily negligible. I want to believe that Romine can’t possibly be any worse than Stewart as much as the next guy, but he can.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Well sure he can. But we’re never going to find out if he doesn’t play.

        • LK says:

          That’s definitely true. However, the Yankees don’t really care whether we get to find out or not, and they might already think they know.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            That’s true. And I always argue that the team knows more than they let on.

            But at the very least, you can’t run one catcher out there every day for the entire season. And if they aren’t going to use Romine as a backup, 1 out of every 4-5 games, then he’s wasting a roster spot.

            • LK says:

              That I definitely agree with. I also find it hard to believe that Stewart is actually a better play than Romine, especially when you consider that the team needs to get Romine reps at some point even if he’s just a backup catcher long term, though like I said above to some degree we have to defer to the team since they know a lot more about Romine than we do.

  2. Eddard says:

    It might be the pitchers feel more comfortable with Stewey. I think Romine will catch Phelpsy and that’s about it. I’ve been saying for years to play the kids more often and let’s see what they can do at the MLB level. Those starters are going to get what they want. That’s why Martin was let go.

  3. Robert says:

    Play Romine he along with JR Murphy,Gary Sanchez and Pete Obrien are the catching future and by looks of this Yankee Line up the future is now.Bring up Musty and Z. Almonte now. ON May 15th lets see what David Adams has.
    Phelpsi,Warren,Nuno and Claiborne have been good surprises.

    The old Vets are all on the DL and there magic potions that kept them young are banned.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      Nuno and Claiborne haven’t done anything, how can they be considered a good surprise?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I guess I thought it was more likely that Claiborne would pull an Anthony Clagett than pitch two beautiful scoreless innings, but that’s just me.

        There’s no spot for Almonte to get regular playing time in the majors. Why do that?

        I don’t get these guys who play the “oh, c’mon, get Luke Murton and Abe Almonte and Mikey O’Brien in there. They’ll do the job. You’ll see” card.

  4. trr says:

    I don’t know….if Romine doesn’t wrest the starting job from Stewart I think they will look for an upgrade via trade. I think we all know Stewart is due for a “correction” offensively, and as Mike points out, it’s already started…

    • Vern Sneaker says:

      The Stewart/Romine issue is now on my list of things I don’t permit myself to think about because of how crazy it makes me. My take is they are willing to put up with Stewart for the next few months hitting .200 and that they think he is a terrific defensive catcher.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

        I think they were willing to put up with that all season. I don’t think it was an accident that Stewart was on the all-star ballot instead of Cervelli. I think they were expecting Stewart to be the primary C.

  5. Darren says:

    Meredith asked Girardi when he thinks Romine will become more of an everyday starter and Girardi quickly answered “He’s going to get one day in Colorado.”

    As much as I think Girardi was way too focused on getting a classic defensive catcher in to replace Posada, probably because that was Girardi’s profile as a player, I do think you have to trust him a little bit in that he sees Romine every day. He’s probably looking at it like there’s another 6 weeks to easy Romine in to it, and why do it quickly? Let him get acclamated to the picthers during bullpens, etc. and vice versa.

    Now, if Stewart continues to not hit (which is likely) and Romine is still only catching 1 game a week at the end of the month? Then I will demand that Girardi be fired.

    • Vern Sneaker says:

      Can’t help myself: Russell Martin after 27 games — .272 BA,.360 OBP,6 HRs,35% CS in 23 attempts.

      • Vern Sneaker says:

        Oh, and 152 WRC+

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          But, but he was bad for the first week of the season! That means he sucks and that the Yankees were right to dump him and that Mike is TEH stoopid for thinking otherwise!

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            So is everyone going to do this every 2 weeks?

            How about we wait until the end of the season?

            And you can’t make decisions based on fluke injuries. If Cervelli was still healthy, and he still had a ~130 wrc+, then it’d still be the right decision to let Martin go.

            It’s not black and white, and I wish everyone, including mike, and probably including myself at various points, would stop pretending it is.

            • Cool Lester Smooth says:

              I know it’s not black and white. That’s why I was making a joke about all of those people who were yelling “See! See! It was a great idea to dump Martin!” after he went hitless for the first 5 games or so.

              That said, I think Martin was and is a much better bet to finish the season with a 90-110 wRC+ than Cervelli was and is, so I think it was dumb to let him go.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              We should all have “This is how I feel about Russell Martin today” flash cards created that we just hold up every week or so.

              Examples include “I am feeling indifferent about Russell Martin,” “I am feeling upset about Russell Martin,” or “I am feeling rather lustful about Russell Martin.”

              Russell Martin is no longer a Yankee. Therefore, I could give a rat’s ass. I mean, who do people think he is, Jesus Montero? JEEESUS.

              • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                I doubt he thinks he’s Our Savior.

                After all, Russell is hitting like a major league baseball player.

          • Bubba says:

            But, but he’s been good for three weeks! That means he’s the best catcher who ever lived and that the Yankees were idiots for letting him walk and not giving him the 10 year $150 million contract he so richly deserved. Cashman failed.

            • Cool Lester Smooth says:

              10 year $150 million? He offered to come back on a one year deal.

              That’s why it was stupid to dump him.

              • Jim Is Bored says:

                He said he offered to come back on a one year deal.

                • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                  Why would he lie about that?

                  And anyway, I’d rather pay him $17 million than Ichiro $13 million. Especially considering that Martin has been significantly better offensively for the past two years.

                  • Jim Is Bored says:

                    There’s no downside to saying what he said. He comes off as a team-player, willing to do whatever it takes. It could be true, it might not be.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                      Eh, it’s also insulting his new organization if he would have taken half the money to play for a different team.

                    • Jim Is Bored says:

                      But he didn’t take half the money.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                      But he said he offered it.

                    • Jim Is Bored says:

                      He offered to come back at a one year deal that was approximately half the value of what he’s getting over 2 years in pittsburgh. That’s not the same as half the value.

                    • Jim Is Bored says:

                      In fact it’s higher value. 1 year at 9 to 10 million is more money per year than 2 years at 17.

                      That’s not even closer to taking half the money, unless you ignore rate.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                      I am ignoring the rate, because the Yankees didn’t have luxury tax concerns this year, so a one year deal was a perfect situation for them.

              • Bubba says:

                Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t. Maybe it was for 1 yr at $13mil. I’d hazard a guess that no one on this site knows the facts. Martin is an average to below average C. Is he better than Stewvelli? Probably, but not $17mil over 2 yrs better.

                • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                  via Ken Rosenthal:

                  Well, last year he was exactly league average offensively and above average defensively for a catcher, and the year before he was above average offensively and defensively for a catcher.

                  And, again, they’re paying Ichiro 13 million over the next two years, even though Martin is much better offensively from a much more important defensive position.

                  • Jim Is Bored says:

                    No one is arguing that the Ichiro deal was good.

                    You moved the goalposts. Of course if the choice was only Ichiro or Martin, none of us are defending Ichiro.

                    But we’re allowed to think that they should have signed neither.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                      If they had the money for Ichiro and Wells, they had the money for Martin. I don’t think it’s a good use of their resources to have spent that money on Ichiro and Wells instead of Martin.

                    • Havok9120 says:

                      The Yankees aren’t paying Wells at the moment. The WBC is. And that was only done well after Martin was no longer available and everyone was hurt.

                      Quit moving the goalposts.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

                      If they had the money for Ichiro, they had the money for Martin.

                    • Cool Lester Smooth says:


            • jsbrendog says:

              hes a 3b now again too. i went to the pitt/was game suinday and he started at 3b

        • Betty Lizard says:

          And apparently when the Yankees traded Russell Martin (I TRIED to tell them not to do it) they unleashed an ancient but heretofore dormant baseball-injury-causing toxin.

          It is what it is.

          Our mettle, it is tested.

  6. Jimmy says:

    Can RAB please stop calling him ‘Frankie’ instead of ‘Francisco’?

    • Cool Lester Smooth says:

      Why? We all know who Mike’s talking about and it’s quicker and easier to type. And doesn’t Girardi call him Frankie too?

      • John C says:

        no, he calls him “Cervy”

      • Jimmy says:

        Nope – Girardi calls him ‘Cervy’. It just always seems like an intentional diminutive to me, like condescending. It would be like calling David Robertson ‘Davey’ all the time. I know it’s not a big deal, but I’ve just never understood why Mike started calling him that all the time and I don’t think he goes by Frankie.

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

          Maybe I made up the Girardi thing to justify the fact that I call him Frankie.

          I don’t think it’s a big deal though. It’s no different from calling Cano “Robbie,” Kuroda “Hirok,” or Jeter “Jetes”

    • Eddard says:

      Because then we might mix up Francisco Cervelli and Ben Francisco, one has played his heart out so far and the other is a worthless blob wasting space on the bench. Frankie is his name.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Ben Francisco doesn’t have a nickname. No one would ever think that Cervi is referring to Ben Francisco.

        You have to try harder, Eddard(s).

      • Cool Lester Smooth says:

        Well, I would argue that if a player on the 60 Day DL is sitting on the bench, he is a bigger waste of space than a bad player.

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