Yankees fans, he’s back.
After hurting his hamstring two months ago while trying to beat out a double play, the Yankees have re-instated Francisco Cervelli from the 60-day disabled list. As a corresponding move, the Yankees optioned catcher John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Ryan didn’t necessarily deserve to go back down to Triple-A as he was performing well offensively and defensively, but technically it was the only move that made the most sense.
“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.”
Cervelli won’t just be the backup catcher to Brian McCann: he’ll also be the backup first basemen to Mark Teixeira. Girardi said the matchups will decide whether he’ll use Kelly Johnson or Cervelli at first base.
“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.”
Cervelli admitted he was frustrated after missing a huge amount of time, and this is the second season in a row where he missed out on significant playing time. Cervelli said it was important for him to stay positive during the last two months, something he had trouble doing in the past.
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.”
— In case you were wondering about our other fallen players, CC Sabathia threw a 25-pitch bullpen session consisting of fastballs and sliders. He’ll have another session out there tomorrow and Girardi basically compared this to the beginning of Spring Training for him.
— Michael Pineda is scheduled to play catch on Saturday. He had been shut down after suffering a setback in his teres major muscle.
— Fans are concerned (and outraged) at Vidal Nuno‘s numbers; he’s 1-3 with a 5.90 ERA while in the rotation. It was bought to Girardi’s attention and Girardi was even asked if he’d consider using Adam Warren as a spot starter. Adam Warren isn’t particularly stretched out; he can only throw up to 50 pitches.
“We’ll continue to evaluate our staff and decide what we’re going to do,” Girardi said.
— No worries Yankees fans, tonight is Masahiro Tanaka day, and CC Sabathia described him as the “best pitcher on the planet.” Yep, sounds about right.