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Cervelli return getting closer

Francisco Cervelli, out since breaking his left foot on March 2 in spring training, caught six innings of an extended spring training gae in Tampa over the weekend and could return to the Yankees in as little as 10 days.

"He's doing OK,'' Joe Girardi said. "Everything is going according to plan.''

Cervelli has also had a few at-bats at DH and is expected to catch a game for the Class A Tampa Yankees later this week, possibly Thursday. Cervelli, who had just five spring training at-bats (3-for-5, 1 double) before fouling a ball off his foot, is expected to become the team's backup catcher as soon as he is activated, meaning the end for now of the Yankees career of Gustavo Molina, who won the job by default when rookies Jesus Montero and Austin Romine proved not to be ready.

"We have not talked about anything different,'' Girardi said. "He's got a track history here. Now it’s basically a matter of getting his timing down to where he feels comfortable. So they’re saying about 10 days. I think that seems realistic.''