26 Apr 2013
Add two more to the DL. Francisco Cervelli has a broken hand and is out at least six weeks. Ivan Nova left the game with elbow tightness and is on the way to a MRI. Hard to believe he will escape the DL based on that. I wondered in spring training if the Yankees had some sort of hex on them and I am really starting to believe it. (Sidebar- Cervelli was not set up properly for the foul tip that broke his hand. There were no runners on, why was his hand out in front of his knee instead of behind it? I’ve never noticed if Cervelli sets up like that normally or not, but I can’t believe someone on the Yankees wouldn’t have corrected that mistake if he did.)
So what happens now? I suspect we may see a flurry of moves from the Yankees. Obviously, Phelps joins the rotation and the Yankees promote someone from AAA (probably Eppley?) if Nova hits the DL. And Austin Romine was removed mid-inning from Scranton’s game, so he is obviously on the way to the Bronx. But that may not be it. Hard not to notice that Ben Francisco isn’t exactly working out and with Youkilis still hurting I could see the Yankees bringing David Adams up as well. The Yankees could also add someone not on the 40-man without dropping Francisco because Jeter can be moved to the 60-day DL.
Whatever happens, the Yankees should hold their breath, cross their fingers and maybe consider sacrificing a chicken before their next game.