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Francisco Cervelli’s Return to Yankees Could Mean John Ryan Murphy to AAA

June 12th, 2014 at 7:48 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Francisco Cervelli is ready to come back to the New York Yankees and that could mean John Ryan Murphy is Triple-A bound.

As of now, there are two different reports out there, but both have Murphy possibly returning to Triple-A.

First, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com says while Cervelli is eligible to come off the disabled list on Friday, he may not come back until the Yanks return to New York on June 17:

Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal says Cervelli could join the Yankees when they're in Oakland, which would be Friday through Sunday:

Cervelli has not played a game since April 13, and before he went down to injury he was batting a dreadful .188 with one RBI as the team's backup. On the other hand, in his absence, Murphy has been solid at the plate with a .296 average and one homer with eight RBI.

Barbarisi's tweet leaves an opening that maybe the Yankees' brass will consider keeping Murphy up and such a move would be the popular one in the Yankees Universe.

Murphy has proven to be fairly consistent during his time in the big leagues and along with his youth at age 23, he's become somewhat of a darling with Yankees fans. Meanwhile, Cervelli has proven to be unreliable thanks to a long record of injuries during his career and that certainly hasn't endeared him to fans.

If he doesn't stay up, the best-case scenario for Murphy would be if the Yanks simply want to give Cervelli some playing time in order to make him a small trade chip down the road, thus leaving the backup job to Murphy if and when that does happen.

Whatever the case may be, Murphy deserves to be in the big leagues and it's only a matter of time before he returns to help this team. But for now, off to the minor leagues is where he may go.

Tags: Baseball, Francisco Cervelli, John Ryan Murphy, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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