After taking a foul tip to the bare hand, the Yankees took a good look at Francisco Cervelli‘s hand and pulled him from the game in the 1st inning. Chris Stewart came into to replace the catcher, who’s been one of the Yankees hottest bats of late. Injuries have already wreaked havoc on the club, and Cervelli has been one of the few bright spots, so this could be rather awful news.
Not sure what it means yet, but only minutes after Cervelli was pulled, Austin Romine was pulled from the RailRider’s game. Romine has seen his own share of injuries of late, but he’s been red hot with the bat, hitting .341/.400/.415 in 45 plate appearances this year. Romine was originally projected by some to win the Yankees’ starting job, and would be called up to the majors if Cervelli misses significant time.
I’ll update this post when we get more definitive news.
UPDATE (7:59 PM)– Sounds like Cervelli has a fracture in his hand. That sucks. Hopefully Romine is an adequate replacement.
As for Ivan Nova, I have no idea. He was just pulled in the middle of the game after giving up two singles.
UPDATE (8:01 PM)– Looks like Nova pulled up funny after his delivery. Likely a hamstring issue.
When it rains, it pours.
UPDATE (8:23 PM)– Jon Heyman is reporting Cervelli’s hand is broken.
UPDATE (8:33 PM) Cervelli was diagnosed with a fracture, needs surgery and will miss a minimum of six weeks per Bryan Hoch and basically every person in the Yankees Stadium pressbox tonight.
UPDATE (8:35 PM) Nova had elbow pain and will have an MRI tonight.
And the hits just keep on coming…