Friday, April 26, 2013

Yankees Prevail Despite Injuries

The game began as a sluggish one, when five pitches into the game Cervelli left with what turned out to be a fractured right hand after taking a foul tip off the hand. The injury is a big blow to the Yankees who have been getting productive games from Francisco on both ends of the baseball. Two innings after the Cervelli injury, Ivan Nova would exit the game with pain in his pitching elbow. He felt the pain after the second inning however was pulled in the third following a HBP and a base hit. Nova's MRI results on his elbow have yet to be released. His progress will have to be out on hold as the Yankees await the results of his MRI. Francisco Cervelli will miss at least six weeks with his fractured hand, and his surgery will take place on Saturday. David Phelps pitched following Nova and got the win, setting a career high in strikeouts with nine K's in four innings of relief.
To counter with the Nova and Cervelli moves, the Yankees have confirmed that they have called up catcher Austin Romine from AAA. Also, if Nova goes in the DL then Phelps will likely take his spot with long relief going to Adam Warren and Cody Eppley getting called up from the minors.

The Yankees offense was lucky tonight because of shaky Toronto pitching staff. The Jays pitchers walked Yankee batters ten times and only a couple of those runners scored. Responsible for the Yankee runs were Lyle Overbay with an RBI triple. Overbay would come around to score. Capping off the Yankees scoring was Brett Gardner who lined one into the short porch seats to give Mariano Rivera a cushion of a two run lead. Things got dicey in the ninth with Rivera loaded the bases with two outs but got Rasmus to strike out to end the game.

The Yankees will face JA Happ tomorrow night and will throw CC Sabathia on the mound to face the Blue Jays.

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