Cervelli leaves with concussion

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli sustained a concussion after

being hit in the helmet by a pitch during the third inning of New

York’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

This is Cervelli’s second concussion since the Yankees won the

World Series in November.

Cervelli, the designated hitter Saturday, was able to walk off

the field after being struck by Zech Zinicola’s pitch. He was taken

to a hospital for a precautionary CT scan, which was normal.

“I feel good,” Cervelli said after returning to the ballpark.

“Just a little scared. Everything is OK. Rest for a couple days

and be back.

“I’m dizzy a little bit, a headache,” said Cervelli, who

turned 24 Saturday.

Cervelli will be examined by team doctor Dr. Andrew Boyer on

Sunday and a specialist one day later.

Cervelli was hit in the same spot, above his left ear, by a back

swing in a winter league game in November and Yankees manager Joe

Girardi said Cervelli sustained a concussion.

“I’m not going to rush it,” Girardi said. “It’s a concern

anytime you’re talking about an injury to the head. We will talk to

him. He has to be honest with how he’s feeling.”

Cervelli is replacing Jose Molina as the backup to Yankees

starting catcher Jorge Posada. Molina signed with Toronto in the


Mike Rivera will take over the reserve catching role with

Cervelli sidelined.

Cervelli has not had much luck in spring training. On March 8,

2008, he broke his hand in a collision at the plate during a game

against the Tampa Bay Rays.