Francisco Cervelli likely going on DL

Updated: April 14, 2014, 7:00 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Yankees backup catcher/first baseman Francisco Cervelli injured his right hamstring in Sunday night's 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, and is likely headed to the disabled list.

During the game, the Yankees announced that starting second baseman Brian Roberts -- who was out of the lineup Sunday -- had an MRI earlier in the day because of lower-back soreness.

"The MRI came back clean, so [Roberts] is more day to day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "[Cervelli], I don't anticipate it's going to be day to day. He's in an MRI tube right now."

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Adam Hunger/USA TODAY SportsFrancisco Cervelli injured his hamstring while running to first base, trying to avoid a double play in the bottom of the fourth.

And that's not all. Starting catcher Brian McCann is nursing a sore right index finger after taking a pitch off his hand while behind the plate in the top of the eighth inning. McCann said he would have an X-ray on the finger before leaving Yankee Stadium, but did not sound worried, saying, "It's fine."

Infielder Yangervis Solarte also appeared to injure himself on a run to first base in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it turns out he was accidentally hit in the groin by Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli.

"He got hit in a place where you don't really want to get hit," Girardi said, chuckling. "He'll be fine."

Cervelli also hurt himself running to first base, in the bottom of the fourth inning, trying to beat out a double play. After touching the bag, he appeared to grab the back of his right leg and crumpled to the ground, before eventually limping off the field.

First-base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out, but Girardi challenged the call and it was overturned via instant replay, allowing what would turn out to be the game-winning run to score.

Ichiro Suzuki came on to pinch-run for Cervelli and stayed in the game, playing right field. Carlos Beltran shifted from right field to first base to replace Cervelli, playing the position for the first time in his 17-year major league career.

Shortstop Derek Jeter was also out of the lineup Sunday because of a sore quad. Girardi said before the game that he would use Jeter only in an emergency.

"If McCann would have went down, Derek was going in," Girardi said after the game.

Dean Anna, who was filling in for Jeter at shortstop, would have shifted behind the plate as the Yankees' emergency catcher.

The Yankees have a day off Monday before opening a series with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Catcher Austin Romine will likely be called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and the Yankees probably need to call up an infielder as well.

That would require adding someone to the 40-man roster, because the Yankees don't currently have any minor league infielders on it.

"I would anticipate we'll probably make a couple of moves," Girardi said. "I think we're gonna have to."

Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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