When he broke his foot last spring, Francisco Cervelli got the final diagnosis two days before his birthday. Cervelli’s birthday has rarely been kind to him in spring training, and today — on the day he turned 26 — Cervelli was hit by a back swing while behind the plate.
“Thank God it was nothing serious,” he said.
Two other close calls today…
• Mark Teixeira said he “jammed” his thumb trying to apply a tag at third base. He dropped the ball on the play, but said it only stung a little bit.
“I didn’t know where he was so, when I tagged him, I hit him too hard,” Teixeira said. “I usually just try to barely touch them, but I hit him too hard and that’s what jammed my thumb a little bit.”
• Derek Jeter was hit in the side as he slid into second base on a pickoff attempt. He laughed it off.
“It barely touched me,” he said.