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."
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.
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