Francisco Cervelli was doing baseball activities again after breaking his right hand April 26, but it was announced Thursday that the catcher had a stress reaction in his right elbow and needed to be shut down for at least two weeks before being reevaluated. So what does this mean for him going forward?
“This is a big setback in the fact I don’t know what we’re going to get going forward this year,” Brian Cashman said Friday, “because now you’re getting the arm to calm down and then get him going and you’re starting to run out of time I’m sure at some point.”
Chris Stewart, of course, took over as the No. 1 guy and he has stood out defensively, throwing out 40 percent of those trying to steal. But he’s 0 for his last 16 and has dropped to .235. Austin Romine is 2 for his last 20 and has just a .136 average to show for 66 at-bats. The rookie has caught only 14.3 percent of those trying to steal.
Cashman has been very pleased with J.R. Murphy, who’s batting .299 with three homers and 11 RBI in 18 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after being promoted from Trenton. He had two RBI, including a walk-off sac fly in a 3-2 win over Buffalo Friday night.
The 22-year-old righty hitter, a 2009 second-round pick, batted .268 with six homers and 25 RBI in 49 games with Trenton.
“If people want to speculate about catching improvement, I would say speculate more on that aspect,” Cashman said. “I’m not saying we’re doing anything there. It’s more speaking to how great he’s been doing and at the same time how limited the market really is anyway. If we do anything, it’ll probably more likely come from within than outside.”
Derek Jeter will make the Lehigh Valley-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre game even more interesting tonight. Here’s a link to my story on Jeter and A-Rod on the rehab road. Also, here’s a link to my story on what Ivan Nova and the Yankees accomplished against the Orioles last night.