SEATTLE - John Ryan Murphy has filled in ably for Francisco Cervelli as Brian McCann's backup, impressing his teammates and manager.

But with Cervelli eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday -- Joe Girardi didn't rule that out before this weekend's series in Oakland, though he said the club could wait until next week -- Murphy likely is headed back to the minors.

"He's played extremely well,'' Girardi said. "I thought he played extremely well last year when he came up at the end of the year. We continue to see improvement.''

Murphy went 2-for 4 with a double Thursday night and is hitting .310. He has handled the pitching staff well and excelled on defense. "When we talked about Murph [in spring training], originally it was to get him a chance to play every day down in Triple-A and develop,'' Girardi said. "He's made some big strides here, but Cervy's a guy we believe can help us too.''

 

CC throwing, Pineda isn'tGirardi said CC Sabathia threw another flat-ground session Wednesday, and the hope is that "sometime next week,'' the lefthander -- on the DL since May 11 with knee inflammation -- will throw off a mound. Michael Pineda (strained teres major) is not throwing, but Girardi said he is "close'' to doing so.

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M's call up Montero

Jesus Montero, once considered among the sport's top prospects and the centerpiece of the trade that brought Pineda to the Yankees before the 2012 season, was called up by the Mariners before Thursday night's game.

 

Beltran throws again

Carlos Beltran (bone spur, right elbow) played catch in the outfield a second straight day. He still is not close to being able to play in the field.