It’s been two days since Yankee backup catcher Francisco Cervelli fouled a pitch off his left foot. The initial results of the CT scan were negative, but a follow up MRI was inconclusive, leading the Yanks to believe he may have a hairline fracture. The injury could put Frankie on the shelf for up to one month. You may recall last year that Jorge Posada fouled a ball off his foot on May 15, was diagnosed with a hairline fracture on May 19th and was out of action until June 2.
While its a tough break for Cervelli, chances are it won’t make much difference in how the Yanks decide who will break camp as the back up Catcher. Friend of TYA Marc Carig has the quotes from the Yankee manager:
“If Cervi is down for a little bit, we have an idea of what Cervi can do,” Girardi said. We’ve seen him play very well at this level, so the evaluation is a lot of the young kid, Montero.”
What this does mean for Jesus is he’ll be getting more opportunities behind the plate, which could cut both ways. It could give him a chance to display the strides he’s made defensively in more situations. But it could also have the opposite effect of exposing him as he gets more playing time, showing him to be still unready to head north with the team. From a fan’s perspective, this is a positive development. You don’t want Jesus exposed in a game that counts where a miscue could cost the team a win. From an evaluation standpoint, the more infomation you have to work with, the better. There’s some things that can’t be simulated on the sidelines, and you want to see how a player reacts in game situations. Cervelli’s injury pushes Jesus front and center, and now all eyes will be on him to see if he can handle the job.
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