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Jorge Posada Placed on the DL; Francisco Cervelli Called Up

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IMay 5, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 11:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees walks to the dugout after striking out against the Kansas City Royals on April 11, 2009 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

According to Peter Abraham of the Journal News, the Yankees have said that they expect Jorge Posada to be on the DL 2-3 weeks, but Abraham notes that it could be more like 3-5 and the Yankees have called up 23-year-old Francisco Cervelli.

Cervelli had the benefit of being the only minor league catcher on the 40-man roster and, with Kevin Cash on the DL, he beat out PJ Pilittere for the spot in the Bronx.

Cervelli has only played 37 games at the Double-A level and would probably be more ready for this situation, but he broke his wrist last year during spring training when some no-name Tampa Bay Rays player was trying to gain some attention by bowling him over in a meaningless game.

As a result, Cervelli lost nearly an entire year of his career and otherwise would probably be a more obvious choice for the callup.

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