Being sent down riles Francisco Cervelli
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Francisco Cervelli didn't try to hide his anger.
"I don't understand their reason," the backup catcher said late Wednesday afternoon, still red-faced upon hearing he'd be starting the season in Triple-A. "You have to ask Cash."
That would be GM Brian Cashman, who acquired C Chris Stewart from the Giants Wednesday in exchange for RHP George Kontos. Stewart, 30, does not have options, and Cervelli does, the reason for the demotion the latter never saw coming.
"Wait until the last day?" Cervelli said. "What can I say?"
The reason for the move, Cashman said, is because of the disc injury Austin Romine sustained the first week of camp and hasn't been able to shake. It is unclear when Romine, who recently had an epidural injection, will be able to play.
"That will give us a lot more depth," Cashman said. "We're back to where we were before the Romine injury even though it's not a good situation for Cervy. Organizationally we're in a good place with Russell Martin, Stewart and Cervelli."
Stewart, with the Yankees in 2008, hit .204 in 67 games last season with the Giants but threw out 19 of 53 (35.8 percent) base stealers.
"Really, really good defensively," one NL scout said of Stewart. "Can't hit at all."
Girardi said the discussion with Cervelli was "as tough as I've had to do."
Said Cervelli: "I'm disappointed with it but it's not going to change anything."
LHP Boone Logan felt stiffness in his back Tuesday night after climbing stairs in his residence and was taken for an MRI Wednesday morning. The MRI came back negative. Cashman did not rule out a DL stint and Girardi didn't sound as if the lefthander would be ready for Friday's season opener.
"I think that's questionable," Girardi said. "I'm not saying he's a DL piece but I don't know if he'll be able to pitch by Friday."
Phelps, Rapada in
As expected, LHP Clay Rapada made the 25-man roster with the injury last Friday to LHP Cesar Cabral. RHP David Phelps also made it as the long man, chosen over RHPs Adam Warren and D.J. Mitchell.
"They were all so close," Girardi said. "It was a very difficult decision."
No timetable for Pineda
Michael Pineda, on the DL with right shoulder tendinitis, said he is "better," but is not sure when he will throw again. Cashman said over the weekend it would probably be 10-15 days before Pineda picked up a ball. In the meantime Pineda, who said the soreness he felt occurred only last Friday and hasn't been a spring-long issue, has been coming in for treatment and running.
"No pain right now," he said. "I feel much better now."