Yankees injuries: Francisco Cervelli and Brian Roberts make thin infield even thinner

Tom Szczerbowski

RIP Yankees infield, you were so young

Tonight the Yankees have been attacked with a 2013-size injury bug. Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, and Francisco Cervelli are all hurt. Derek Jeter missed his second game in a row due to a stiff quad that he has been dealing with and Brian Roberts sat because of a lower back injury. With an already thin infield, the Yankees had to go with Francisco Cervelli at first, but he left the game with a pulled hamstring after beating out a ball to first base. With no "first baseman" Carlos Beltran was forced to make his debut at the position. If you're keeping track at home, that's three players now who have had to play first for the first time in their careers since Mark Teixeira went on the DL.

What do the Yankees do now? Cervelli will almost definitely need to go on the DL, so you can expect Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy to come up and serve as the backup catcher. Nothing is known about the severity of Roberts' injury, but the Yankees don't have any other infielders on the 40-man roster, so they would have to make some kind of a move. They could either DFA someone like Preston Claiborne or put Brendan Ryan on the 60-day disabled list. They could then call up Scott Sizemore, Russ Canzler or Corban Joseph. Zelous Wheeler just went on the Triple-A DL himself.

There was a moment where it seemed like Yangervis Solarte was also hurt when he limped around after trying to beat a ball to first base. He looked pretty bad going back to the dugout and if he left the game, the Yankees would be completely out of position players. Luckily, we didn't have to see a pitcher take the field because Solarte came back out the next inning and was fine.

That's how weak this infield is right now. Down Mark Teixeira, Brendan Ryan, Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, and Francisco Cervelli (who has to be considered an infielder because there's no one else). When is it time to sign Stephen Drew? It seems like they could use the depth.

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