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-Michael Kay, August 18, 2009

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Cervelli has a broken wrist

Minor league catcher Francisco Cervelli was injured during a plate collision involving Tampa Bay Rays infielder Elliot Johnson. X-rays revealed that Cervelli had a broken wrist and was placed in a cast.

Naturally, Joe Girardi was upset.

“I think it’s uncalled for in spring training. You get people hurt and that’s what we got, we got Cervelli hurt,” Girardi said.

“I’ve always known that you don’t do it. I know kids play aggressive and play hard. That’s how you want them to play. But maybe if it happens too much you should mention something,” he said.

“It’s one thing to get hit by a pitch that gets away or twist an ankle running the bases. I don’t understand it,” said Girardi, who felt Johnson should have simply slid into the plate. “I don’t understand it. During the season I’m all for. It happens in the season, I understand it. In spring training, I don’t really.”
Johnson defended it by saying he was just trying to score a run. Carl Crawford was involved in a similar play on Wednesday, where he rolled over a Houston Astro catcher.

I didn't see the play, so I don't know if it appeared to be dirty. If anyone could describe it for me, I'd appreciate it.

The Yankees next play the Rays on Wednesday, so it should be interesting to see if the Yankees retaliate in any way.


John102355 said...

I saw the play and it was not appropriate for a spring training game! If it was the World Series it would be a different matter. He intentionally lowered his shoulder and was trying to bowl over the Yankee catcher. I understand this guy is trying to show his aggressiveness and make the team, but this was uncalled for during this type of game.

Cheap shot!!!

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