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Cervelli has stitches removed from right hand

By Adam Berry / MLB.com | 05/07/2013 4:02 PM ET

TAMPA, Fla. — When the Yankees placed Francisco Cervelli on the disabled list, they estimated he’d need a minimum of six weeks to recover. In reality, Cervelli said Tuesday, it could be another five weeks before he even begins baseball activities.

Cervelli had the stitches taken out of his fractured right hand Tuesday. He said he’ll need to wear a cast for the next three weeks, and only then, depending on how he feels, can he start throwing, hitting and so on.

“There’s not much I can do right now, but I feel very good,” Cervelli said. “Every day is better.”

For now, Cervelli is just getting through the early stages of his rehab, riding a stationary bike and doing leg and core exercises to stay in shape while he’s sidelined.

Cervelli’s was injured on April 26 and immediately knew his hand was broken when it was clipped by a foul tip off the bat of Toronto’s Rajai Davis. That left Cervelli with nothing to do but recover in Tampa, joining the many other injured Yankees at the club’s Minor League complex.

“It’s sad in some part, because we’ve been part of the team and everybody knows what we can do. But everyone’s ready to go,” Cervelli said. “And I could be the catcher on this team — because we’ve got a team here.

“The guys who are playing right now are doing a great job. When we have the chance to go back, we’ll be better.”



YANKEES: Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano Honored

Louisville Slugger announced that New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter were recipients of 2012 American League Silver Slugger Awards, marking the seventh time in the last eight seasons that multiple Yankees have received the honor in the same year.

For Cano, it marks his fourth career Silver Slugger Award, and third straight (also 2006). Cano batted .313 (196-for-627) with 105R, 48 doubles, 33HR and 94RBI in 161 games in 2012, tying his career high in doubles (also 2009) and establishing a career high in home runs.

For Jeter, it marks his fifth career Silver Slugger Award, after also taking the honor in four straight years from 2006-09. The Yankees shortstop hit .316 (216-for-683) with 99R, 32 doubles, 15HR and 58RBI in 159 games in 2012, marking the most hits in the Majors this past season and his second-most hits in a single season (219H in 1999).

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