There is something about 2013 that is simply not agreeing with the New York Yankees. Two more players, Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova, joined the long list of walking wounded for the Bronx Bombers.
In the first at bat of the game on Friday night, Cervelli suffered a broken right hand while catching. Two innings later his battery mate, Nova, had to leave the game because of soreness in his elbow. Cervelli is expected to miss six weeks and the seriousness of Nova’s injury is currently unknown.
Cervelli was working on a solid season and had people forgetting all about Russell Martin heading to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason. He was batting .269 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. He also had scored a dozen runs.
Nova was still trying to get things figured out on the mound in 2013. In three starts, he hadn’t lasted more than five innings. A big part of the problem was his pitch counts were way too high. He is 1-1 on the year with a 6.48 earned run average.
Austin Romine will probably be called up from AAA Scranton to take Cervelli’s spot on the roster with Chris Stewart doing most of the catching. Finding someone to take Nova’s spot in the rotation, if he has to miss time, is a bit more difficult to predict. The Yankees could take David Phelps out of the bullpen or call up old friend Chien-Ming Wang.
The most amazing thing is with all these injuries, somehow, Travis Hafner is still on the field. It is like the Yankees are in some bizzaro world this season. Hopefully this story will have a happy ending.