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Yankees' Francisco Cervelli breaks hand, Ivan Nova injures right elbow vs. Blue Jays

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes out

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi takes out catcher Francisco Cervelli after he was injured in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (April 26, 2013) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has suffered a broken hand against the Blue Jays and will miss approximately six weeks for surgery, Newsday's David Lennon reports.

Cervelli broke his hand on a foul tip in the first inning. Cervelli was pulled from the game in the top of the first after maganer Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue checked out Cervelli's hand.

The Yankees reportedly pulled AAA catcher Austin Romine from his game, possibly in a move to replace Cervelli should he land on the disabled list. Romine is currently hitting .341 with a home run in Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

Starting pitcher Ivan Nova was also pulled from the game with right elbow pain. He will undergo an MRI later tonight, according to Lennon.

David Phelps, who pitched in relief of Nova, will likely get the first crack at a roation spot since he is already stretched out. If Nova ends up on the disabled list for an extended period of time, the Yankees may want to call up Vidal Nuno, who has been pitching extremely well in AAA. Nuno currently has a 2-0 record with a 1.54 ERA in four starts, and has struck out 26 batters in 23 1/3 innings.

Both injuries come on the heels of the revelation that injured shortstop Derek Jeter, rehabbing from an ankle injury, won't be ready to rejoin the team until sometime after the All-Star break. The Yankees also have Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez on the disabled list.

Cervelli, who served as a backup first to Jorge Posada and then Russell Martin, was sent to the minors on the final day of spring training in 2012 after he Yankees acquired Chris Atewart from the Giants. Cervelli did not take the demotion well and struggled during the 2012 minor league season. He was a September call up but saw little playing time. After Martin left as a free agent, Cervelli and Stewart took over the starting gig, with Cervelli seeing the more significant amount of playing time.

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