Francisco Cervelli Faces Concussion Setback


Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has experienced another concussion-related setback.  The condition is expected to sideline Cervelli for the ALDS and perhaps the playoffs altogether.

Cervelli sustained the concussion on the 8th of September.  During a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Cervelli was run over by Nick Markakis during a play at the plate.  While he was able to hold onto the ball, Cervelli was clearly shaken up.  Cervelli was later diagnosed with a concussion, the third of his professional career.

Cervelli, who was able to pass preliminary concussion tests, resumed baseball activities yesterday in Tampa Bay.  The workouts caused Cervelli’s original symptoms to return, basically sending him back to square one.  Before he resumes activity, Cervelli will have to be cleared by a neurologist, who will lay out a plan for treatment.

While I’m sure Cervelli is disappointed to be missing postseason play, his loss shouldn’t have great impact on the Yankees.  New York has already decided to go with Russell Martin as its starting catcher, while Jorge Posada and hot-hitting rookie Jesus Montero will also be on the roster as reserves.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles Francisco Cervelli Jesus Montero Jorge Posada New York Yankees Nick Markakis Russell Martin