TAMPA, Fla. -- When the Yankees placed Francisco Cervelli on the disabled list, they estimated he'd need a minimum of six weeks to recover. In reality, Cervelli said Tuesday, it could be another five weeks before he even begins baseball activities.
Cervelli had the stitches taken out of his fractured right hand Tuesday. He said he'll need to wear a cast for the next three weeks, and only then, depending on how he feels, can he start throwing, hitting and so on.
"There's not much I can do right now, but I feel very good," Cervelli said. "Every day is better."
For now, Cervelli is just getting through the early stages of his rehab, riding a stationary bike and doing leg and core exercises to stay in shape while he's sidelined.
Cervellis was injured on April 26 and immediately knew his hand was broken when it was clipped by a foul tip off the bat of Toronto's Rajai Davis. That left Cervelli with nothing to do but recover in Tampa, joining the many other injured Yankees at the club's Minor League complex.
"It's sad in some part, because we've been part of the team and everybody knows what we can do. But everyone's ready to go," Cervelli said. "And I could be the catcher on this team -- because we've got a team here.
"The guys who are playing right now are doing a great job. When we have the chance to go back, we'll be better."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.