Francisco Cervelli caught yesterday and he’ll DH today and tomorrow. Girardi wasn’t exactly sure of the dates, but he believes Cervelli could be added to the High-A Tampa roster by the weekend for a rehab assignment. He said the first of May is still a possibility for Cervelli’s return. “Everything is going according to plan,” Girardi said.
So it sounds like the Yankees plan on starting Cervelli’s rehab this weekend and after a week, as long as there are no setbacks, he’ll be in the Bronx as the backup catcher. Gustavo Molina, of course, has been the backup with Cervelli on the DL, but he has barely played at all, starting only one game and getting just three at bats. So it’s hardly like they will miss him. Having Cervelli on the roster will give the Yankees more confidence in resting Russell Martin, who has played a lot despite coming off of knee and hip surgery.
Jennings also reported that Colin Curtis had surgery to repair his shoulder that he injured while diving during spring training and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. That’s a tough break for a kid who could have seen some time in the majors this year.