"It's an old stress reaction, they believe, and we had to shut him down two weeks," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "This just happened the other day. It's not what we want, but we're dealing with it."
Cervelli had been catching simulated games and taking batting practice at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., as he worked to return from a fractured right hand sustained on a foul tip in late April.
He has played in just 17 games this season, batting .269 with three homers and eight RBIs. In Cervelli's absence, the Yankees have utilized a catching tandem of Chris Stewart and rookie Austin Romine.
"They've done a pretty good job," Girardi said. "We talk about the first thing is handling our staff, and I think they've done a pretty good job handling our staff. We'll just keep going with the guys that we have."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.