The Yankees called up 23-year old catcher J.R. Murphy who batted .154 in 16 games with New York last season. He then served as a backup to All-Star catcher Brian McCann.
Cervelli has moved up the minor league food chain as he makes his return from hamstring injury. He has been moved to Double-A Trenton where he will continue to get in games until his is ready to come off the 60-day DL. As of now, only 39 men are on the 40-man roster, the Yankees may be keeping that spot open for Cervelli.
Francisco Cervelli is expected to head to Double-A Trenton for rehab starting on Wednesday.Shawn Kelley has been on the disabled list since May 13 with a back injury. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Wednesday. The righty threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Scranton after he struck out two and walked one in .2 innings for Double-A Trenton. Kelly, 30, is the main set up man for the Yankees. He has not pitched since May 6.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 11, 2014
Current backup catcher Murphy has performed well; he is batting .296 with one home run and eight RBI's in 21 games this season. Cervelli has batted .269/.340/.364 over seven seasons in the Major League. When Cervelli gets healthy again he will most likely take Murphy's backup catcher role. Don't forger about Murphy; he could be a Major League superstar in a few years.
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