TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 (mild) left hamstring strain and may not play for the remainder of Spring Training.
Manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Cervelli will be continually re-evaluated and is listed as day-to-day. With Opening Day approaching on Sunday, the Yankees will have to hope that the pinching sensation in Cervelli's left leg will abate quickly.
"Right now, if I was to guess, he is not a DL guy," Girardi said. "But we may not play him the rest of Spring Training."
Cervelli felt something tweak in his left hamstring during Tuesday's home game against the Blue Jays and was sent for a precautionary MRI on Wednesday, which revealed the strain.
Should Cervelli begin the season on the disabled list, it is possible that Mike Rivera -- a veteran non-roster invitee who also battled a hamstring issue this spring -- could head north with the club for Opening Night on Sunday at Fenway Park.
"I want to be there," Cervelli said. "I think I will be there."