Tests on Cervelli's left foot inconclusive

Tests on Cervelli's left foot inconclusive

Tests on Cervelli's left foot inconclusive
TAMPA, Fla. -- The MRI exam of Francisco Cervelli's injured left foot came back inconclusive after the Yankees catcher was forced to leave Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Astros.

Cervelli was limping in New York's clubhouse and had his foot lightly wrapped after being examined by the Yankees' medical staff. Cervelli had fouled a ball off his foot while batting in the second inning against Houston's Bud Norris, and he was removed an inning later.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Cervelli's CT scan came back clean, but doctors wanted more time to review the MRI, fearing a hairline fracture. Cervelli is expected to miss at least the next two days of workouts.

"I think every Spring Training, something happens, but it's OK," Cervelli said. "It's part of the game."

Cervelli is in a three-headed battle with Jesus Montero and Austin Romine to serve as the backup for Russell Martin. While Jorge Posada is also in camp, the Yankees view him more as an emergency third catcher, though Girardi said that Posada does have his gloves just in case.

"They're broken in, ready to go," Girardi said.

Spring Training and Cervelli haven't agreed much, historically. In March 2008, Cervelli had his right wrist broken in a controversial collision at home plate with the Rays' Elliot Johnson, which drew Girardi's ire and knocked Cervelli out of action until June.

Cervelli was also hit in the head with a pitch last March by Zech Zinicola of the Blue Jays and was diagnosed with a concussion. That was a point of concern for the Yankees, as Cervelli had also been clipped in the head with a backswing during winter ball, causing another concussion.

Cervelli said that he is not worried about this latest spring injury being worse than a bruise.

"I don't think it's anything bad," Cervelli said. "It's just sore."