Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a whiplash injury on a foul tip while catching in the Venezuelan Winter League and traveled to Tampa, Fla., last week to be examined by the organization.

General manager Brian Cashman said that Cervelli initially had an MRI performed in Venezuela, but the Yankees wanted to exercise caution and had Cervelli fly to the United States for their own tests.

"We brought him in just to take a look at him and made sure he was fine," Cashman said. "He was cleared and there were no injuries, so he's free to resume play if that's what he chooses to do. That's what he told us he was going to do."

ESPN New York first reported Cervelli's injury.