"In this game, you can't be surprised," Cervelli said. "I've been catching ground balls everywhere. I feel like if everybody got hurt, who's going to play? I'll do the best I can."
Cervelli, the Yanks' backup catcher, has played six career Major League games in the infield -- four at third base and two at second base.
"I've seen him take a lot of ground balls over the years that he's been here," Girardi said. "From what I've watched, he has been able to take ground balls and make it look pretty easy. I know it's a transition. It's not something that I have to stay with the whole game, necessarily."
Cervelli said the last time he played first base in a game was when he was about 15 years old, but he has adjusted to new positions before. He said he was a shortstop, third baseman and pitcher when the Yankees signed him out of Venezuela and turned him into a catcher.
"It's not like I feel like Mark Teixeira or something like that, but I think I'm going to be more comfortable with more games," Cervelli said. "I think it's like any other position. You've just got to be ready. If I feel like I cannot catch the ball, I'm going to block it."
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.