Cervelli shut down with stress reaction in elbow

Gonzales: Yankees one of six teams on Alex Rios' no-trade list
Game 85: Do It For America

Frankie Cervelli has been shut down for at least two weeks with a stress reaction in his right elbow. The team thinks he reaggravated an old injury by changing his throwing motion to compensate for the broken hand that has had him on the DL since April. He had just started taking being practice and was expected back shortly after the All-Star break, but now Cervelli is looking at sometime in August.

Gonzales: Yankees one of six teams on Alex Rios' no-trade list
Game 85: Do It For America
  • Mattchu12

    Time to up the efforts on a Carlos Ruiz trade.

  • LarryM Fl

    Frankie and Eduardo should be assigned to a MASH unit for their well being. Guys seemed to be hurt more than healthy.

  • Eric

    I can haz McCann?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Need a catcher. Preferably one who is good.

    • Lauren ta Hoe!

      Anyone who can bat over .199 should nail the job.

  • Evan3457

    Didn’t anyone with the team notice he was changing his throwing motion? Geez. There’s something really, really wrong with the Yankees training/medical/rehab staff. Too much of this stuff going on.

    • OhioYanks

      You can notice that someone changed his throwing motion without realizing that the particular subtle changes made are going to re-aggravate an old injury.

      Every team has guys get hurt. Perhaps the Yankees’ medical staff is subpar, but guys getting hurt doesn’t really prove that.

      • Evan3457

        If the medical staff noticed the change, shouldn’t someone ask him, why? If he says, because my hand hurts, wouldn’t someone then ask, well, “Shouldn’t we shut you down until your hand doesn’t hurt anymore, because we don’t want to create another injury?”

        I’m sorry, this IS the medical rehab/coaching staff’s job, or part of it.

        • OhioYanks

          There is no one universal throwing motion. Different players have different throwing motions. I don’t know that any medical staff can tell you that one motion will re-aggravate an old injury and another won’t.

          You also don’t have to be 100% to play. His hand might be 90%, and that might be good enough to play. His hand being a little sore might be completely normal.

          • OhioYanks

            No one is going to catch everything, and this wasn’t a particularly easy thing to catch.

        • Tuttle

          Your reasoning here would appear to be fallacious.

        • Tuttle

          Reasoning from the results.

  • Why not

    Got get Lucroy….Mr.Cashman….Gracias

    • D$1184

      And why in the world would the Brewers do that?

  • Chien Ming The Merciless

    *Crossing fingers for Ruiz!

  • SDB

    Please, anyone, anyone that’s a break from four more weeks of Stewart and Romine.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    all those injuries, setbacks, players coming back and getting injured again … if I would’ve known about all that stuff before the season I would’ve thought the Yanks are like 20 games back already.

    • Chien Ming The Merciless

      Too true. We’re on like our 4th or 5th shortstop. And a ton of our second string guys are injured. Thank goodness for Cano, Gardner, Zoilo and pitching.

  • Garbage

    Just look in your local trash cans I’m sure the Yankees can find someone it’s what they usually do anyway. I’m sure they can come up with other teams trash or someone from the stands.

    • Robinson Tilapia


  • Bill Bruford

    Gee, not resigning Russell Martin just keeps on looking better and better, doesn’t it? Chris Stewart is awesome!

    • OhioYanks

      Because the way things worked out was as expected, right? You knew Martin would be twice as good as he was for the past 4 seasons and Cervelli would break his hand on a foul tip, right?

      • bpdelia

        um. Actually, yeah. It has worked out EXACTLY as expected. Chris Stewart is fucking horrible. Cervelli is pretty craptacular and hurt often and Austin romine looks like a guy who hasn’t played much in years. Is Martin having a better year than expected? Sure. But it was guaranteed he would have a better year than Austin Stewvelli. Don’t start acting like there weren’t a shit ton of people on here who were flabbergasted that they let Martin walk for such a totally reasonable contract when they had NOTHING to replace him with. so yeah it’s gone exactly as I expected.

        • OhioYanks

          You’re making up what I said instead of actually reading it. The comment I responded to was looking at the deal in hindsight, how it looks based on season performances. You acknowledge that Martin was in no way expected to perform like this, so despite all your huffing and puffing you agree with me.

          Stewart is a solid back-up, actually, though. 0.4 fWAR in 173 PAs. Cervelli is about as good offensively as Martin was expected to be this season.

    • Get Phelps Up

      He could have just as easily fallen victim to a fluke foul tip injury too.

      • BFDeal

        Amazing how Martain has gone from 2012’s whipping boy to 2013’s savior.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          I just want it noted that I was pissed about their letting Martin walk before it was cool.

          • OhioYanks

            I don’t think that really helps. Unless you can make an argument that you knew Cervelli would take a foul tip off the hand or Martin would suddenly get back to early career form offensively after four full seasons at 87-100 wRC+. If those two things don’t happen, it’s unlikely the Yankees would be missing Martin all that much.

    • David

      Gee, not signing AJ Pierzynski just keeps on looking better and better, doesn’t it? Chris Stewart is awesome!


      • Pat D

        Fuck Pierzynski.

        They have enough perceived douchebags on the team, they didn’t need an actual one.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Yeah, I’d prefer Stewvelli to dealing with Pierzynski’s shit.

    • Kiko Jones

      My favorite drummer is a Yankee fan?! Sweet.

  • forensic

    Ugh, figures…

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Sports Injuries 101:
    The initial injury is not likely the reason it takes forever to get back to 100%. While rehabbing you are very likely to injure something else by overcompensating/overprotecting the original injury. Can’t tell you how many times it took months of nagging injuries I’ve had to overcome before being fine again that had nothing to do with what put me on the shelf in the first place.
    Get better ailing Yankees! This team needs you!

  • BFDeal

    I think it’s obvious what’s going on here…Stewart sold his soul to the devil in exchange for becoming a starting catcher.

    • jjyank

      Chris “Foul Tip” Stewart, indeed.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      It’s funny how Chris Stewart’s not being a very good catcher suddenly makes Frankie Cervelli a good one and Russell Martin Johnny Bench. It’s like Nichols had a second law no one knew about.

  • Kosmo


    • D$1184

      I don’t think Doumit’s a starting, every day catcher. He can hit okay but he’s an adventure behind the dish. There had to be a reason that even during his youth, the Pirates had him learn and play in right field along with behind the plate.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    Classic fist pump injury.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You have to really watch the elbow when doing a proper fist pump. Keep it close to the body and refrain from any jerky movements.

      The latter is always sound advice in public.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Does anyone ever realize they’re fuming about a Frankie Fucking Cervelli injury mid-sentence and just stop right there?

  • M-Three

    It continues to show how life isn’t fair. Good guys like Tex & Grandy get reinjuried, Jeter has that setback in April & now Cervelli. Yet nothing goods wrong for A-Rod & Nunez who nobody wants them to comeback. Go figure.

    • M-Three


    • jjyank

      “Yet nothing goods wrong for A-Rod & Nunez who nobody wants them to comeback.”

      Uh, speak for yourself there buddy. After watching Yankee third basemen this year, I’m thrilled nothing has gone wrong for A-Rod yet. And as for Nunez, they could really, really use the SS depth. Plus there’s a pretty good chance that Nunez could be better than the Cruz’s of the world.

      • M-Three

        While our 3B have sucked, I hate having the distraction that A-Rod is on the team.

        As for Nunez, why would anyone want him back. That guy is a scrub and was a waste of a roster spot when healthy.

        • BFDeal

          A distraction to who…you? The players have said he’s not a distraction to them.

        • OhioYanks

          Nunez is a scrub and their current SSs are what exactly?

          Serious, what distraction? Watching longer games because they are scoring more runs?

        • D$1184

          Gee, are our odds better with a “once was” or a “never was/never will be”? Hard pick there…

      • OhioYanks

        Agreed, jj. Also not sure that fans not liking them means they are not good guys. I mean, until Stewart became the starter, fans abhorred Cervelli.

        Nunez is certainly a defensive wildcard (at best), but offensively he’s been much better on his career than Cruz, Gonzalez, or even Nix. Hard to say overall, but the offensive difference to the two currently healthy is roughly Chris Stewart to Martin’s last four seasons.

        I’ve never minded A-Rod. If his hip is healthy, he might be a huge help. I know the recovery is uncertain, but he’s going from almost no hip rotation to full rotation so he might well improve.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Not to mention that Frankie might be getting Biogenesis-ed.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    I’m just wondering if the proverbial “opportunity to come up and struggle” is going to actually make Adams & Prominent better in the coming years.

    Yanks are notorious over the past 20 years for not allowing the chance to fail to “ze kids.” (Not that Romine is getting a hell of a lot of chances)

    Last organizational guy that I remember that was allowed to keep failing and keep playing was Bernie. That worked out OK.

    Adams and Romine are not Bernie, don’t miss my point.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I wish more people on here viewed our young players like this.

      Sure, it’s entirely possible. I like seeing how people respond to adversity.

    • OhioYanks

      What is the point, then? I sort of agreed with your initial point, but don’t get the Bernie reference really. Think it took away from your point, if anything.

      Bernie put up wRC+ of 94, 118, and 99 his first three MLB seasons. Playing CF that might well have made him an above league average CF. We’re talking 2+ fWAR the second and third seasons. He was a top prospect in an org with a sub-.500 MLB squad those first two (partial) seasons.

      There are more recent examples. Melky Cabrera came up about 15 years after Bernie. He got way more playing time and posted wRC+ of 98, 89, 68, and 94. Cano isn’t a good example, really, but did stumble a bit early in his career. Gardner came up in 2008 and posted a wRC+ of 54 in 141 PAs, so he might be the best example. He was at 91 the next season and 112 the next.

      So, I would disagree that Bernie really struggled all that much. Since then, the Yankees have been a different org. The players prospects had to surpass for playing time were better. What prospects have they really not given a chance to and lived to regret it? Lowell, sure, but he never really had any chance to even struggle. The other guys I can think of weren’t given up on so much as used as assets in trades.

      I think you have constructed a false narrative. I think a lot of it is fans getting bent out of shape over not playing marginal guys.

      I do agree that struggling early in their careers doesn’t doom Adams and Romine. Not a good sign, but life is all about rising again after you fall.

      • OhioYanks

        Sorry, didn’t mean to make the first sentence so confrontational. I agree with the main point. Just get frustrated with the narrative that they don’t give people a chance. Most of the guys they didn’t weren’t better than those in front of them and didn’t go on to much elsewhere later. Some guys they gave up on flourished elsewhere, but I’d say that happens everywhere.

    • Kosmo

      Bernie also emerged during an entirely different baseball environment. At that time NY was in a trial by fire phase, of course that began to change when they started being competitive once again.

  • TomH

    Going forward
    Back in the Day

  • tommy cassella

    the yanks have two fourth string catchers on the team.