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Cervelli likely to rejoin Yankees next week in NY

Cervelli likely to rejoin Yankees next week in NY

OAKLAND -- Francisco Cervelli was eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees have decided to keep him on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Trenton until the team returns to New York.

"He won't join us this weekend, and then we'll make a determination after this weekend," manager Joe Girardi said. "He'll play the next few days with Trenton, and then we'll probably see him next week."

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Cervelli strained his right hamstring beating out a ground ball in an April 13 game against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium, and he has played in seven Minor League games entering play on Friday.

Trenton is playing a three-game series this weekend in New Britain, Conn.

"We don't think the at-bats hurt him," Girardi said. "Brian McCann is going to play the next three days here, that's my plan. For him just to sit and not get the at-bats doesn't make a lot of sense, and we think the at-bats will help him."

When Cervelli is activated from the disabled list, John Ryan Murphy is expected to be optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so he can play regularly.

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.

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