Francisco Cervelli won’t be back any time soon.
An MRI yesterday revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow. As I understand it, a stress reaction basically means the bone is close to a stress fracture, and things have to be shut down to avoid an actual crack. Joe Girardi said this is some sort of old lingering injury that has presented itself just as Cervelli was beginning to take batting practice again.
“Maybe because of the broken hand he was throwing a little bit different,” Girardi said.
Whatever the cause, Cervelli will rest for two weeks. There’s basically not chance of him being activated before sometime in August. For now, that means the everyday job still belongs to Chris Stewart, and Austin Romine will keep getting occasional starts.
“We talk about the first thing is handling our staff, and I think they’ve done a pretty good job handling our staff,” Girardi said. “We’ll just keep going with the guys that we have.”
• It’s possible Nunez will be back with the Yankees before the All-Star break. “I think it’s a possibility,” Girardi said. “I think it’s possible we’ll get him before the break. I think it depends on how he feels and how ready he feels he is. Our people will look at him and make a decision when we can get him back.”
• Nothing new with Derek Jeter or Curtis Granderson, and Girardi said he had no update on Michael Pineda.
• Mariano Rivera is not available today. “I gotta believe Mo’s going to be in his rocking chair,” Girardi said.
• Standard day off for Brett Gardner. Girardi and Gardner each said there’s no health issue, just getting a day in this long stretch of games.
• David Phelps is looking to bounce back from that brutal start in Baltimore. “We’d love to get some distance out of him,” Girardi said. “He didn’t have his offspeed the other day. Obviously that’s important for any pitcher. We just need to get that back.”
• Happy Independence Day everyone, especially to my college roommate Tommy who’s with the Air Force over in Afghanistan. Stay safe buddy.
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