Cervelli shut down with stress reaction in elbow


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.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Mattchu12 says:

    Time to up the efforts on a Carlos Ruiz trade.

  2. LarryM Fl says:

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

  3. Eric says:

    I can haz McCann?

  4. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Need a catcher. Preferably one who is good.

  5. Evan3457 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

        • Tuttle says:

          Your reasoning here would appear to be fallacious.

        • Tuttle says:

          Reasoning from the results.

  6. Why not says:

    Got get Lucroy….Mr.Cashman….Gracias

  7. Chien Ming The Merciless says:

    *Crossing fingers for Ruiz!

  8. SDB says:

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

  9. Bavarian Yankee says:

    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 says:

      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.

  10. Garbage says:

    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.

  11. Bill Bruford says:

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

    • OhioYanks says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

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

      • BFDeal says:

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

        • Cool Lester Smooth says:

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

          • OhioYanks says:

            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 says:

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


    • Kiko Jones says:

      My favorite drummer is a Yankee fan?! Sweet.

  12. forensic says:

    Ugh, figures…

  13. gageagainstthemachine says:

    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!

  14. BFDeal says:

    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 says:

      Chris “Foul Tip” Stewart, indeed.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

  15. Kosmo says:


    • D$1184 says:

      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.

  16. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Classic fist pump injury.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

  17. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  18. M-Three says:

    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 says:


    • jjyank says:

      “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 says:

        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 says:

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

        • OhioYanks says:

          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 says:

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

      • OhioYanks says:

        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 says:

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

  19. Cuso says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

      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.

  20. TomH says:

    Going forward
    Back in the Day

  21. tommy cassella says:

    the yanks have two fourth string catchers on the team.

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