Yankees place Francisco Cervelli on the 60-day disabled list

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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.