Francisco Cervelli injured his hamstring Sunday night and the Yankees have placed the backup catcher on the 60-day disabled list rather than the usual 15-day disabled list.
Cervelli is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, so he might be ready before 60 days are up, but the move was likely made mostly because players on the 60-day DL don’t count against the 40-man roster and the Yankees’ numerous injuries have put them in a bit of a roster crunch.
In fact, their roster is so wrecked by injuries that when Cervelli got hurt Sunday he was actually playing the game as a first baseman, which the career-long catcher had never played before.
New York has called up catcher John Ryan Murphy and infielder Scott Sizemore as the latest batch of Triple-A reinforcements.
Almost exactly a year ago, Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. tore a bicep while diving for a ball in a spring training game. He’d play in only 72 games last year but he really wasn’t healthy for any of them, with the injury and aggravations to it costing him production and causing him pain.
When he started spring training this year he said he’d take it easier in games that didn’t count so he could be ready for the regular season. Sadly, he was once again injured on the eve of Opening Day, crumbling to the ground after injuring his knee while scoring on a double in an exhibition game against the White Sox (video here if you want to see it).
The injury looked bad — he was in obvious pain and could not put any weight on the leg while being helped off the field. He’s undergoing an MRI today and we’ll hear more soon, but it does not look good.
Assuming Souza is out for an extended period, Adam Jones will likely be the Dbacks’ everyday right fielder.