New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova and catcher Francisco Cervelli joined the team’s injured corps during last night’s 6-4 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cervelli, 27, fractured his right hand on the fifth pitch of the game when he was hit by Rajai Davis’s foul tip, the team said. Cervelli will have surgery today and miss at least six weeks, the Yankees said on their website.
“It’s disappointing, and I know it’s really disappointing for him because of all that he’s been through to get to this point,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
In the third inning, Nova, 26, grimaced in pain while pitching to Davis and was scheduled to have an MRI for elbow pain. Nova is 1-1 with an earned-run average of 6.48 this season.
“Guys keep stepping up,” Girardi told reporters. “You just keep finding ways. That’s what you do.”
In addition to Cervelli and Nova, the Yankees are playing without Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Cesar Cabral and Michael Pineda.
Chris Stewart replaced Cervelli, who hit his third home run of the season in the Yankees’ 5-3 win against the Blue Jays two days ago. Cervelli is batting .269 with three doubles and has driven in eight runs in 17 games.
The Yankees (13-9) said on their website that Austin Romine, who is hitting .341 for the team’s minor-league affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was called up to replace Cervelli.