NEW YORK -- All the injuries that have plagued the New York Yankees might make a manager shake his fist at the air and pull out his hair in frustration.
Joe Girardi will not be doing that, not even after seeing Francisco Cervelli and Ivan Nova depart with injuries in the early innings of Friday's 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Instead he accepts the situation and hopes his team continues to get key contributions from those that are healthy.
"Injuries are part of the game," Girardi said after losing Cervelli to a fractured right hand and Nova to right elbow soreness. "It's a part of life and I'm sure everyone in here can attest that life doesn't go exactly the way we want it to but that's part of it.
"When you're able to accomplish things, go out and continue to win games, it's very satisfying. I'm proud of what these guys in this room have done so far to this point and we'll keep fighting and we'll keep finding ways."
The Yankees won for the 12th time in 17 games despite not having Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. They added Cervelli to their long-term injury list after his right hand caught a foul tip from Toronto leadoff hitter Rajai Davis just five pitches into the game.
That injury will require surgery and is expected to keep Cervelli out for at least six weeks. The Yankees are expected to promote catching prospect Austin Romine from Class AAA.
"It's disappointing," Girardi said. "I know it's really disappointing for him because of all that he's been through to get to this point. So my heart goes out to him. It's going to make him stronger and it's going to make him better. He's going to have to wait a while to get him back but he's going to be OK."
Then two innings later, Girardi took Nova out after seeing the right-hander hit a batter with his curveball and allow a sharp single up the middle.
"I was told that it was a little stiff and that he wanted to try and go out," Girardi said. "I talked to the trainer and he wanted to try and go out and I watched him. I saw his velocity was down a couple of ticks. He hit a guy with his curveball, so I said we better go check him and he said he couldn't go anymore."
Without their starting battery, the Yankees won by getting four solid innings from David Phelps. Phelps could make the start if Nova can't pitch and he made his case by striking out nine of the 15 hitters he faced.
"You look all year and we've been fighting all year," Phelps said. "We've got a scrappy bunch, (with) guys that have been around and have fought a lot of their career. We're going to win games a lot of different ways. It's really good to see the improvements we've made and just the fight we've got in us."
The Yankees won by getting a key RBI triple from Lyle Overbay and an eighth-inning home run from Brett Gardner. They also scored a run on a wild pitch by Brad Lincoln (0-1) and a passed ball by Steve Delebar in the seventh.
"We just have good players here, guys that step up and have been around the game and know how to play," New York catcher Chris Stewart said.
The Blue Jays fell to 9-15 and lost for the eighth time in 11 games despite getting two home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, a solo shot from Jose Bautista in the eighth off David Robertson and three singles off Mariano Rivera in the ninth.
"Basically what's happening is that we're playing good enough to lose," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We're not playing good enough to win. We were in the game and it could have gone either way."
"We put runs on the board, it's not like we didn't do that," Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie said. "It seems that we get off to an early lead and somehow they just crawl their way back in without laying the hammer down. I think that's the biggest thing right now is that teams are finding their way back in the game and ultimately they're going to keep doing that until we put a stop to that."
Aaron Laffey filled in for Josh Johnson (triceps) and allowed two runs, two hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings before getting designated for assignment after the game.
Toronto's pitching staff issued eight walks and three relievers combined to throw 109 pitches. The Blue Jays also dropped to 5-19 in their 24 visits to the current Yankee Stadium.
NOTES: Johnson had an MRI on Friday and said the soreness is not in his right elbow or triceps. He also thought that he would be able to make his next scheduled start. ... Toronto batted Colby Rasmus second with the hope that he would emerge from an 0-for-10 slump. ... Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang made a second start for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday and has a 0.75 ERA after allowing one earned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. But that does not mean a rotation change is coming. "I'm not looking to make a change," Girardi said. "Our organization isn't looking to make a change. We want to get guys going." ... Kevin Youkilis missed his sixth consecutive game with tightness in his lower back. The Yankees have not planned a stint on the DL just yet, but that could change. "It's been a week now," Girardi said. "So I think you look and see where he's at tomorrow and then you make a decision what you're going to do and when you think you're going to get him back.