It's official now, the Cervelli Show has returned to the Bronx. After missing more than two months with a strained right hamstring, Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list and will join the Yankees tonight. To make room for Cervelli on the roster, John Ryan Murphy has been sent to Triple-A.
Murphy batted .286 with one homer and eight RBI in 24 games for the big league team while Cervelli was on the DL. Murphy started hot at the plate but had struggled over the past few weeks. He hit just 2-for-17 (.118) in June after hitting over .300 in April and May.
Prior to his injury, Cervelli had a .188/.235/.250 line in 17 plate appearances as a backup to Brian McCann during the first two weeks of the season.
Cervelli did start two of his five games at first base (where he sustained the injury), and played first base in a few rehab games, so it appears that he is in the mix as a backup for Mark Teixeira on the big-league team.
For more on the implications of Cervelli's return and Murphy's demotion, be sure to read Matt's great post yesterday on the topic.