Report: Yankees catcher Cervelli OK after whiplash scare

Francisco Cervelli

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a whiplash injury on a foul tip while catching in the Venezuelan Winter League and flew to Tampa last week for an examination, ESPN New York reported on Monday.

GM Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that Cervelli had an MRI in Venezuela, which was clean, as well as the exam in Tampa.

“It was just a case of us being overly cautious,” Cashman told Wallace Matthews. “He’s fine and we’re sending him back to Venezuela to finish out the season.”

Cervelli is a frontrunner for the Yankees’ starting catching job this year, heading into Spring Training primed to compete with Chris Stewart, Austin Romine and Bobby Wilson for duties behind the plate.

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