Yankees pregame: Cervelli back, Murphy down • 06.17.14
John Ryan Murphy has been sent down to Triple-A and Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the DL, not just to be the backup catcher, but again to possibly be one of the backups for Mark Teixeira. When Cervelli hurt his hamstring back in mid-April, it was a game in which he started at first base. Two of his five starts in April were at first.
Joe Girardi said a choice between Kelly Johnson and Cervelli would come down to matchups.
“I think I’m comfortable there,” Cervelli said. “But I don’t want to forget about catching. That’s what I like, but I want to help any way I can.”
This has been the second straight season Cervelli has missed a huge chunk of time. He said he stayed positive these last two months.
“It’s frustrating,” Cervelli said. “But this time I took it differently. … I spent time with my dad. I recovered so fast before the 60 days.”
John Ryan Murphy got sent down to Triple-A to make room. He hit .286 with one homer and eight RBI in 24 games.
“He played extremely well,” Girardi said. “Obviously we were pleased with what he did. … We think it’s important for him to go play every day.”
CC Sabathia threw a 25-pitch bullpen yesterday and will have another session out there tomorrow. Joe Girardi compared this to the beginning of spring training for him.
Michael Pineda, who was shut down after his setback, is scheduled to play catch Saturday.
Rotation fill-in Vidal Nuno is 1-3 with a 5.90 ERA. Adam Warren has been mentioned as a possible replacement. But the reliever would have to be stretched out. Girardi said Warren could probably only go up to about 50 pitches now.
“We’ll continue to evaluate our staff and decide what we’re going to do,” Girardi said.
Tonight it appears the ball is in good hands. It’s Masahiro Tanaka time.
“Obviously Tanaka is the best pitcher on the planet,” Sabathia said.
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Nuno’s big chance • 04.26.14
It was just three years ago when Vidal Nuno was a Washington Wild Thing, pitching in the independent Frontier League, a former 48th-round pick that the Indians had given up on after two minor-league seasons.
He made six starts, going 2-3 with a 2.83 ERA. His best Wild Thing memory?
“Pretty much the atmosphere and the teammates,” Nuno said. “They trying to strive to play affiliated ball.”
Nuno, of course, made it back to affiliated ball when the Yankees signed him out of that league in June of 2011. Now he’s getting the first shot at replacing Ivan Nova in the rotation.
His chance begins this afternoon against the Angels, a team he has never faced.
“It’s an opportunity,” Nuno said. “Trying to pitch every five days is a dream come true. But now it’s back to business and trying to help the team win.”
The 26-year-old lefty is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in his four starts for the Yankees these last two seasons.
“I think it’s a big stretch for him and for our club, trying to solidify that role,” Joe Girardi said.
Here’s a link to my feature story on Nuno on LoHud.com today. Also, here’s my story on Hiroki Kuroda and last night’s Yankees debacle. And here’s a link to my Yankees notebook with items on Derek Jeter and the adjusted transfer rule, David Phelps/Michael Pineda and Brendan Ryan.
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