After Francisco Cervelli injured his hamstring running down the first base line Sunday night against the Red Sox, all the Yankees knew was that it didn’t look good. Today they got that answer, when an MRI revealed a Grade-2 hamstring strain for the Yankees’ backup catcher/first baseman.
He will be placed on the DL prior to Tuesday’s game. The expected recovery time for such an injury is 4-6 weeks. With Cervelli down, it is likely the Yankees will recall catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton to take his place on the roster. Starting catcher Brian McCann also underwent a precautionary MRI after a foul ball ricocheted off his hand in last night’s game.
According to reports, the results came back negative, and McCann is expected to be fine. This is the latest in a frustrating turn of events for Cervelli dating back to last season, when he went down early in the season with a broken hand, missing out on an opportunity to be the Yankees’ starting catcher. He was then suspended for the remainder of the season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Only time will tell how he rebounds from this one.