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 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.