As the suspensions were being handed down, Francisco Cervelli returned to Tampa today. He showed up at the clubhouse with his arm in a blue sling.
Cervelli hasn’t seen the replay of Shelley Duncan’s infamous slide but said he was happy to hear that his teammates stood up for him. He still isn’t upset with Elliot Johnson. “Like I say, it’s part of the game,” he said. “But I was surprised.”
Cervelli did point out that spring training is different than the regular season. “Yesterday we had that actor here,” he said in reference to Billy Crystal.
So Cervelli has a broken wrist, two Yankees got suspended, a manager and three coaches got fined and Jonny Gomes got two games.
Elliot Johnson? He walked away without a scratch. That’s the dumbest part of this whole thing. The Yankees should have waited until the Scranton Yanks played the Durham Bulls and had somebody drill Johnson in the back.
They play April 11.
Meanwhile, if Duncan and Melky Cabrera serve their three games to start the season, guess who their first game will be against on April 4?
The Tampa Bay Rays. Of course.