PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Yankees have sent the MRIs taken on Francisco Cervelli's injured left foot to their team physicians in New York for further review.

Cervelli had a CT scan and a MRI taken on Wednesday after he fouled a ball off the foot during New York's Grapefruit League exhibition against the Astros.

For now, the team has classified the injury as a bruise, though there is concern that there may be a fracture.

"He did feel a little bit better today, but there's still some concern," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll just wait to see what [the doctors] say."

Cervelli, who turns 25 next week, is in competition with Jesus Montero and Austin Romine to serve as the backup catcher for Russell Martin to open the season.

Girardi said that any prolonged absence could impact Cervelli's chances of making the Opening Day roster, although the Yankees would also consider his existing big league track record against their spring evaluations of Montero.

"If Cervy is down for a little bit, we have an idea of what Cervy can do," Girardi said. "We've seen him play very well at this level, so the evaluation is a lot of the young kid, Montero."

Montero, 21, started on Thursday against the Rays and went 0-for-2. He has just one hit in eight at-bats (.125) this spring, but has drawn positive reviews from the coaching staff for his defensive improvement.

"I've been catching a lot," Montero said. "I've been trying to do my work behind the plate, trying to do my best behind the plate. The hitting, it's about good contact, good swings and all that."

Garcia feels spot on Yankees his to lose

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Freddy Garcia has emerged as one of the early favorites to secure a rotation spot with the Yankees, and the veteran right-hander believes a job should be his to lose.

"I said that the first day in camp -- if I lose this spot, that's my fault," Garcia said. "That's my responsibility to do my job in Spring Training. If it does not happen, that's my own problem."

The 35-year-old Garcia made his first start of the spring on Thursday, limiting the Rays to two hits over two scoreless innings with one strikeout.

Garcia threw 20 pitches, 14 for strikes, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team clocked Garcia around 88-89 mph. Girardi added that he approved of Garcia's confident approach.

"I like the attitude," Girardi said. "You've got to believe in yourself in this game. It's a tough game and everybody's always fighting for jobs. That's the belief you have to have."

Garcia signed a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training after going 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts last year for the White Sox.

Although he has been a poor spring performer in recent years, Garcia said that he feels healthy, and that can help him avoid a run of bad starts that would affect his chances.

"Right now I feel pretty good," Garcia said. "I'm in good shape, my arm feels great. That's a lot different than this point last year in Spring Training. I couldn't do half of this. I wasn't really 100 percent, I couldn't really let it go."

Garcia is competing against Ivan Nova, who threw three innings of three-hit, scoreless relief on Thursday against the Rays, as well as Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre. Colon starts on Friday for New York against the Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

"Colon is kind of a mystery to all of us because we didn't see him throw last year, so it's something that we'll watch," Girardi said.

Damon remembers time with Yanks fondly

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Johnny Damon has no regrets about the four years he played in Yankees pinstripes, but as the fan favorite tries a Rays uniform on for size, he says that a return to the Bronx wasn't the best fit for him.

"I don't really think it was close at all," Damon said. "I think they were very happy with their outfield situation and thought [Jorge] Posada was not going to be catching much. It really made it easy as far as their decision and as far as mine.

"I'm not ready to be a part-time player in this game. I feel like I have a few more years of playing every day. A few years from now, say three or four years from now, that will be more of my role."

Damon and the Yankees had some level of contact over the winter, but New York was more interested in a right-handed-hitting fourth outfielder, the role the club eventually signed Andruw Jones for. A Florida product, Damon said that he is looking forward to being back in the American League East and seeing the Yankees often.

"It's going to be fun," Damon said. "My time in New York was nothing but great. I loved every minute of it. I loved going back there. I loved a bunch of the players over there, the coaching staff, the way the organization is. It's going to be four years I'm always going to remember.

"Now it's time for me to help my home team win a championship. It's been a long time coming for me to have this opportunity to come play for Tampa, so I'm excited about it."

Legends Hospitality nets new deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Legends Hospitality Management and New York Cruise Lines announced a 10-year agreement on Thursday to oversee concessions and retail merchandising on board Circle Line Sightseeing ships and Pier 83 on the Hudson River.

This marks the first time that Legends, the exclusive concessions, catering and merchandising provider for Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium as well as six Minor League baseball facilities, has partnered with an entertainment destination outside of the sporting world.

In addition to operating on all seven Circle Line Sightseeing vessels, Legends will operate a kiosk and concession stands dockside on Pier 83. New culinary and merchandising offerings will feature products that celebrate the city of New York as well as Circle Line's history.

"The Circle Line is a great New York experience that hosts more than one million guests annually from all over the world," said Dan Smith, the COO of Legends Hospitality. "We hope to provide both our international, and local visitors a chance to celebrate New York cuisine as they cruise around our great city."

Bombers bits

The Yankees are playing Eric Chavez more at first base than third base to see if he can handle the position. Chavez made a nifty scoop to complete a putout after a Brandon Laird diving stop in the fourth inning on Thursday. Chavez has been talking to Tino Martinez about the position. ... Joe Girardi said he wouldn't be wary of promoting Austin Romine straight to the big leagues without any Triple-A experience. Why not? "I did it," said Girardi, who made the Cubs' roster in spring 1989. ... Andrew Brackman (groin tightness) is set to throw in a simulated game this weekend. ... Russell Martin (right knee stiffness) will catch four or five innings on Friday vs. Boston. It will be his first game action behind the plate this spring. ... Greg Golson, who had not played since being hit in the helmet with an A.J. Burnett pitch on Sunday, entered Thursday's game in the seventh inning and went 0-for-1.