Cervelli thrilled to put 2013 season behind him

Francisco Cervelli

Francisco Cervelli‘s 2013 season has been frustrating to say the least, but he’s willing to put it all behind him as he prepares for the 2014 season.

Cervelli was given the chance to be the starting catcher last season, but fractured his hand in April. Cervelli was then suspended for 50 games in August in violation of Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention rules.

“Last year was a disaster, and we just take the positives out of everything for being a better person and a better player,” Cervelli said Monday outside the team’s Minor League complex.

Unlike last season where Cervelli was fighting for a starting job, he will be fighting for a backup role, since the Yankees signed Brian McCann to be their everyday catcher in November.

“I’ve just got to keep working, having fun and playing baseball,” Cervelli said. “Do what they ask me to do, and I know what’s my role now, but you never know.”

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8 Responses to Cervelli thrilled to put 2013 season behind him

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Just a matter of time til he's traded. Between Romine and Murphy they won't need Cervelli, and teams are always looking for catchers.

  2. tomy cassella says:

    i hate to disagree with you tom, but murphy and romine showed me nothing last year. the yanks should package these bums in a trade and maybe get some help for the bullpen.

  3. Mike says:

    Trade Romine, keep Cervelli and Murphy. Murphy is a better hitter than Romine and Cervelli is an excellent defender and will get you some clutch hits here and there.

  4. John A. says:

    Totally agree with Tomy and Mike. Cervelli seems to always give you lightning in a bottle.

  5. Tanned Tom says:

    Romine and Murphy are both rookies, so I'm not expecting a finished product. But we're talking about someone who catches 40 games. Give them a chance to play, we already know what Cervelli can do and it isn't much.

  6. Michael R says:

    Use the kids in a limited back up role.

  7. Yankees fan says:

    Cerveli has been in New York longer than Romaine and Murphy. Cerveli stays in New York as a back up.