Yankees lose Francisco Cervelli to broken hand; Ivan Nova leaves start with elbow soreness

The New York Yankees disabled list is starting to resemble a New England Patriots injury report. If your name isn't listed on there somewhere, you might want to make sure you still have a job.

It's an expansive list to be sure, and unfortunately it's about to grow following their battle with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

We'll start with catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was struck directly on his throwing hand by Rajai Davis foul tip in the first inning. It certainly didn't sound good initially and the visual replay confirmed he took the shot full force, but Cervelli somehow managed to stay in the game and finish the inning.

Before Yankees fans could finish breathing their sigh of relief though, he was out of the game, and reports started surfacing that catcher Austin Romine had been removed from Triple-A Scranton's lineup.

That was followed by...

And then...

Not good to bad to worst cast scenario in a matter of 90 minutes.

This will be a loss for New York, too, as Cervelli had actually been a consistent source of production through his first 16 games, hitting .269/.377/.500 with three homers and eight RBI. Light-hitting Chris Stewart is now in line to get the majority of starts behind the plate, which could leave 2-3 starts a week for Romine for as long as Cervelli is out.

The Cervelli injury alone makes for a real bad night at the office for general manager Brian Cashman. Unfortunately, the bad news doesn't end there. Starting pitcher Ivan Nova also left the game a few innings later and it appears there's reason for legitimate concern.


Nova left the mound almost immediately after New York's athletic trainers checked him out and it would seem at least a short-term stint on the disabled list will be required to let the soreness calm down. In the meantime, David Phelps, who replaced Nova here, would also likely take his spot in the rotation. Though a longer term issue could have them looking elsewhere for help.

Oh, and Kevin Youkilis missed his sixth straight game with a back issue on Friday and could very well be headed for a stint on the disabled list himself.

At 12-9, the Yankees have proven resilient so far, but man, at some point you have to think these injuries will catch up to them. The longer they don't, though, the better their chances become to ride out this nasty storm.

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