"We still have to build him up a little more, but I don't think he's like a mile away," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Brian McCann's backup John Ryan Murphy has played well in limited playing time, opening up the question of whether Girardi would keep three catchers on the active roster when Cervelli returns.
Girardi said he was not sure.
"A lot of it depends on where we're at when he's eligible to come off and where we feel he's at," Girardi said.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.