The Yankees are sending backup catcher Francisco Cervelli to the disabled list with a Grade 2 hamstring strain he suffered in Sunday night's game against the Red Sox. Recovery time for a Grade 2 strain is roughly 4-6 six weeks, which means that Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy will get a bit of an extended stay with the big league club. Romine is the safe bet to be the one called up before tomorrow's game against the Cubs. It's truly unfortunate news for Cervelli, who seems to end up injured way too often. Bad luck for a guy who is actually a nice option as a backup.
Shane Greene was also optioned to Triple-A. He was called up after Vidal Nuno threw over 60 pitches against the Orioles last week, but Brian Roberts' back ailment likely means that the Yankees need to call up a position player for depth. Zoilo Almonte and Ramon Flores are the only healthy non-catcher position players already on the 40-man roster, and both of them are outfielders. The Yankees are already pretty well-stocked with those. Someone might have to be DFA'd to get Scott Sizemore or Russ Canzler on the roster unless the team wants to place Brendan Ryan on the 60-day DL. With the way Ryan's recovery has gone so far, it wouldn't be very far fetched to think it might be the logical move.
Good news is that Brian McCann's hand is fine after taking a ball that hit A.J. Pierzynski off his fingers last night. McCann stayed in the game but was sent for precautionary x-rays to be sure that everything was still intact. Consider that a bullet dodged this time. They almost certainly wouldn't have been so lucky a year ago.