Yankees lose Cervelli and Nova but still beat Jays 6-4

francisco-cervelliFrancisco Cervelli left in the first inning after he broke his hand on a foul tip and Ivan Nova left in the third with elbow pain, but the Yankees still managed to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 at the Stadium Friday night.

Nova left the game with two men on and no outs and David Phelps came in and promptly let the Blue Jays to go ahead 2-1 on a Colby Rasmus RBI-single. Phelps would give up just one more run, an Edwin Encarnacion solo shot, his second of the game, and pitched a strong four innings that kept the Yankees right in the game leaving with a 4-3 lead. His final line: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 1 HR.

The rest of the Yankees bullpen gave up one run over the final three innings, but the Yankees got tack on runs thanks to poor defense by J.P. Arencebia and a solo shot by Brett Gardner.

• Cervelli will have surgery to repair the fracture in his hand and will need at least six weeks before he will return. Austin Romine will be called up in his place and it sounds like he’ll at least split time with Chris Stewart behind the plate.

• Romine, of course, gain or lose playing time depending on how well he hits. He didn’t hit well in very limited time last season with a .158/.200/.158 line in 20 plate appearances. He is hitting .341/.400/.415 in 45 plate appearances in Triple-A so far this year.

• Nova actually told Girardi after the second inning that he was experiencing some stiffness in his elbow, but wanted to go out and give it a try in the third inning. Joe Girardi went to check on him after the first two batters reached and Nova said he wasn’t feeling well. Results of the MRI weren’t immediately available after the game, but Girardi indicated that it might be more of a triceps injury than something that would require surgery.

• David Phelps will likely take Nova’s spot in the rotation with Adam Warren serving as the long man. My guess is that Cody Eppley will get called up if Nova goes on the DL. Phelps isn’t completely stretched out to be a starter, but threw 77 pitches tonight. He’ll probably be limited to 90-100 pitches if he does start in place of Nova.

• Chien-Ming Wang wouldn’t get called up mostly because he isn’t on the 40-man roster, but he probably isn’t physically ready yet. He will also make a prorated portion of $3 million if he is promoted to the majors.

• The Yankees got just six hits, but walked 10 times. Vernon Wells, who went 2-for-3, was the only one with multiple hits. Jayson Nix, Ichiro Suzuki, and Travis Hafner combined to go 1-for-7 with six walks.

Mariano Rivera pitched on a Friday night in April for the final time of his career. He made it interesting, loading the bases with two outs, but got through the ninth without allowing a run.

Kevin Youkilis missed his sixth consecutive game with back problems.

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9 Responses to Yankees lose Cervelli and Nova but still beat Jays 6-4

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    Is Nuno on the 40-man? If not, they should start considering him for it.

  2. hotdog says:

    what's the issue if he's not on the 40 man…i know could lose him but how does that happen…and if they put Cervelli on the 60 day DL is it that he could not return until the 60th day or can you remove someone from the 60 day and put them back on the regular DL?

    • A player has to be on the 40-man roster before being put on the active roster. A team only risks losing a player when they are taken off the 40-man roster. It wasn't Cervelli placed on the 60-day DL it was Jeter. This means he can't be activated until at least 60 days after he last played which was in Spring Training. Putting a player on the 60-day DL removes him from the 40-man roster, but only temporarily. In this case, once Jeter is finally healthy, he will be put back on the 40-man roster and the Yankees would have to take somebody off of it.

  3. hotdog says:

    thanks Rob…i would think Jayson Nix, Ben Francisco and Overbay might go…they have some guys like Corban Joseph and Nik Turley on the 40 man…i'm assuming that must protect them as well…

  4. hotdog says:

    by the way, I hope they give Romine a chance to catch semi regularly…he was having a good year at AAA…Stewart is doing a good job but it might be time to give Romine his shot…looking forward to Nuno's first start…

    • Nuno will join the bullpen. Phelps will take Nova's place in the rotation. It sounds like Stewart and Romine will split time at first and then Girardi will give them playing time based on how Romine handles the job.

  5. ching ming wang says:

    call me up

    • Unfortunately this probably won't happen soon. I think right now David Phelps and Adam Warren are both ahead of Wang on the depth chart. If Wang keeps pitching well in AAA, he'll eventually get his chance.

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