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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Yankees Injury Updates: Brendan Ryan, Michael Pineda, Francisco Cervelli

By on 6/14/2014 07:00:00 AM

Brendan Ryan entered last night's New York Yankees game as to pinch-hit for Derek Jeter in the ninth. He nearly left it during the same at-bat when he was struck by a Jim Johnson curveball on the elbow. Fortunately, Bryan Hoch of reports that the veteran shortstop has escaped with nothing more than a numb arm:

 Ryan, known for his defensive prowess, has never really been productive with the bat (his career-best OPS+ is 97, in 2009) but is a handy defensive replacement for the Yankees and a significant upgrade with the glove over Jeter, whose skills at the position have not improved with age.

The news isn't as good when it comes to Michael Pineda. It seems as though the timeframe for the young right-hander keeps being pushed back with every update and after a recent setback, the shoulder strain he suffered in April is now expected to keep him out until August, according to Wallace Matthews of Manager Joe Girardi told Matthews that Pineda likely won't throw for at least another week and then would need a period of around six weeks, much like spring training, to build himself up to a return.

Catcher Francisco Cervelli is much closer to a return. On the 60-day DL with a severe hamstring strain, Cervelli was finally eligible to be activated on Friday, but Hoch reports that he won't rejoin the team until they return to New York at the start of next week. The Yankees have an off-day Monday play the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, so that seems like the likely activation date. Rookie catcher John Ryan Murphy is expected to go back to the minors when Cervelli is activated.

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