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Injuries Continue to Nag Yanks

New York — The banged-up New York Yankees put pitcher Ivan Nova and catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list yesterday, the latest setbacks in an injury-riddled season.

Nova left Friday night’s game against Toronto because of tightness in his right triceps.

“Hopefully, he can knock it out fairly quickly,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Cervelli exited with a broken right hand and is expected to miss at least six weeks. Cervelli and Nova joined All-Star teammates Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixiera on the sidelines.

The Yankees recalled catcher Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and also signed and selected lefty reliever Vidal Nuno from their top minor league team. Jeter, out until after the All-Star game because of an injured ankle, was transferred to the 60-day DL.

Kevin Youkilis returned to New York’s lineup after missing six games because of tightness in his lower back. He played first base and batted fifth against the Blue Jays.

There had been an initial report Nova had pain in his elbow when he left after the second batter in the third inning. Girardi said that wasn’t the case and that he thought the right-hander wouldn’t need extra time to recover.

“That’s going to heal,” Girardi said.

David Phelps, who struck out a career-high nine in four innings against the Blue Jays after relieving Nova, is set to start in his place. Nova is 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in four starts.

Cervelli was injured when he was hit by a foul tip off the bat of Rajai Davis on Nova’s fifth pitch of the game. Cervelli is hitting .269 with three home runs and eight RBIs.