If you’re looking to catch a Pirates game after the All-Star Break, I will tell you something you won’t catch.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli catching.
This, after Cervelli suffered his sixth documented concussion in the major leagues.
"That's enough,"Cervelli says. "This time is different. I can't live like this."
The 33-year-old Cervelli hasn't played since suffering his latest concussion after taking a broken bat to the chin against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25. He says his decision isn't being pushed by the team.
"I'm ready to do anything," he said. "Wherever I am in the field, I'm still catching the ball, right?"
He has been getting work at third base and other infield positions after being cleared to resume baseball activity.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters at PNC Park on Sunday that the team needs "to be cognizant that there may be a position switch at hand."
That switch is so that Cervelli can remain cognizant.
- Cervelli, in his 12th major league season, has started 10 games at first base during his career and appeared in 13 games at the position in all. He also has played at third base (four games) and at second (two games) in the majors. He has started 613 games at catcher during his career.
- A career .269 hitter, Cervelli is hitting .193 with a home run and five RBIs in 34 games this season.