The Yankees' doctors finally got done reading the MRI of Francisco Cervelli's left foot, and the ending was not a happy one. Cervelli has a fracture on top of the foot and behind the toes, an injury that will keep his foot immobilized in a boot for a minimum of four weeks and has him on crutches. It will probably be 6-8 weeks before he can return to the field, which means he is likely to miss the first month of the regular season. Cervelli injured himself fouling a ball off his foot in the second inning of Wednesday's game. He remained in to catch another inning but then left the game and was taken for a CAT scan (which came up negative) and an MRI (which was originally termed inconclusive).
Now that the conclusion has been reached, it throws the Yankees' catching situation into uncertainty, if not turmoil. Joe Girardi said the plan is still for Jorge Posadato be the DH, and for rookies Jesus Montero and Austin Romine to battle for the backup spot. Meanwhile, Russell Martin, acquired in December to be the starting catcher, has yet to catch in a game due to a slow recovery from knee surgery in the offseason. Martin is in the lineup tonight as a catcher for the first time all spring, batting second against the Red Sox.