LOS ANGELES - Francisco Cervelli is unlikely to play another inning for the Yankees this season. And it isn't related to his name being connected to Biogenesis.
The catcher, on the disabled list since April 27 with a broken right hand, has suffered two setbacks, according to general manager Brian Cashman.
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Cashman said Wednesday that Cervelli's middle finger, as well as his right elbow -- which flared up several weeks ago -- both were sore.
Cervelli saw a hand specialist Monday in Cleveland for the finger and is scheduled to visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews for his elbow next Monday. Given the lack of progress, it appears as if Cervelli, who also could be among the suspended players by MLB in the Biogenesis scandal, may be done for the year.
"None of that information is a positive situation given the time frame left in the year," said Cashman, referring to the injuries. "I can't rule out that he's going to get back but we're running out of time, and I can't get him to the starter's gate. It's looking more and more like it's going to be unrealistic to see Cervelli."
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Don't count out Youk
Though a long shot, Cashman said third baseman Kevin Youkilis, on the DL with a lumbar strain since June 14, could make it back by late September. "I think there's a chance that we see him," Cashman said. "I know his intent is to get back and I know he feels like he has a chance to get back."
Youkilis, limited to 28 games because of two DL stints for his injured back, has been rehabbing in New York.
"There's an outside chance of it happening," Cashman said of a return this season.