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Cervelli questionable for Opening Day

Cervelli questionable for Opening Day

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."

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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."

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