New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli Out 6-8 Weeks

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMarch 5, 2011

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Francisco Cervelli #29 of the New York Yankees bats against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rangers won 10-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It’s been a rough spring training for light-hitting catchers around the majors.

First it was Jonathan Lucroy going down with a broken pinky, then on Friday, Jason Castro blew out his knee, and now Francisco Cervelli fractures his left foot.

Cervelli injured himself when he fouled a ball off his left foot on Wednesday.  The injury will sideline Cervelli for the next six-to-eight weeks.

Normally, I wouldn’t write about a ham n’ egger like Cervelli, but his injury could open the door for Jesus Montero or Austin Romine to serve as the New York Yankees’ backup catcher to Russell Martin come Opening Day.

One of them will most likely get the shot because manager Joe Girardi has made it perfectly clear that Jorge Posada will not be catching anytime soon.

Montero, the Yankees’ top hitting prospect, is my guess to win the backup spot. If you listen to the Yankees, they feel that Montero has improved enough defensively to handle a Major League pitching staff.

However, if you follow some of the minor league and prospect experts on Twitter, they will tell you he has a some ways to go before he be a solid defensive catcher in the majors.

In other Yankee news, I watched Mark Prior pitch last night against the Boston Red Sox. It was definitely odd to say the least.

It wasn’t so much odd seeing Prior in a Yankee uniform, but it was odd to see him now pitch from the stretch full-time, only be able to hit 90 mph on occasion, and no longer have any bite to his curveball.

His curve had some nice movement on it, but wasn’t sharp enough to get anyone to bite.

He will start the year in the minors in the hopes of working his way up to the Yankees and maybe working out of the bullpen.

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