Cervelli working to get back in rehab games

Cervelli working to get back in rehab games

KANSAS CITY -- Francisco Cervelli took his first steps toward returning from the disabled list by recently beginning a rehab assignment.

Cervelli played on Thursday and Friday for Class A Advanced Tampa, finishing 0-for-6 at the plate with a walk. He started one game at catcher and one as the designated hitter. Cervelli was placed on the 60-day DL on April 15 with a hamstring injury.

"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.