Update, 7:36 pm: The Yankees will recall catcher John Ryan Murphy from Triple-A Scranton for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs., reports the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Barbarisi. Murphy will take Francisco Cervelli's spot on the major league roster after the backup catcher was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain.
Original: The Yankees announced Monday that backup catcher/first baseman Francisco Cervelli was placed on the 15-day DL after MRI results from last night came back showing a Grade 2 hamstring strain in hig right leg.
Even though Cervelli was placed on the 15-day DL, he's expected to out a lot longer than that with the Grade 2 strain, which is more serious Grade 1 strain, which is what Mark Teixeira is currently sidelined with and expects to be back in action Sunday when the Yankees are in Tampa.
This Grade 2 strain usually takes about four--to-six weeks to heal, which means that Cervelli will likely be out until almost June. To compare, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton missed six weeks last season with a similar injury.
With Teixeria on the DL and Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts out of the lineup because of injuries Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, Cervelli started the game at first base for the Bombers. He blew out his hammy in the 4th inning when beating out a double-play ball, and he collapsed to the ground after hitting first base. Ichiro pinch-ran for him, and Carlos Beltran replaced him at first base.
The Yankees have not yet announced who will replace Cervelli on the roster as the backup catcher, though the only two options are John Ryan Murphy and Austin Romine, who has already been with the big league club once this season.
In positive news for the Yankees, starting catcher Brian McCann had x-rays take on his right hand after bring hit by a foul tip in the 8th inning. The results of the x-rays came back negative, and the tough catcher should be fine going forward.
Cevelli's injury was just another blow to a quickly depleteing Yankees roster early in the season, one that already has Teixeira and closert David Robertson on the DL. Then Sunday night it was revealed that Jeter is dealing with a tight quad -- and expects to be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium -- and Roberts is currently day-to-day with a back injury.
The Yankees also sent relief pitcher Shane Greene back to Triple-A Scranton Monday. No roster replacement was announced, but it's likely to be an infielder.