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Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

Sep 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Francisco Cervelli

It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion.

“He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “The health is always the biggest issue, more than any postseason. We’ve got to get this kid healthy.”

Cervelli hasn’t played since suffering the concussion on September 8 following a collision at the plate with Nick Markakis of the Orioles, which means Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero will be on the postseason roster as backups for everyday catcher Russell Martin.

Prior to the concussion Cervelli hit .266 with a career-high .719 OPS in 43 games, serving as one of baseball’s top backups for the third straight season.

  1. protectthishouse54 - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    That’s unfortunate. He’s been a useful backup for the Yanks… brings lots of energy and some clutch hits as well. NY will now go into the playoffs with 2 catchers (Russell Martin and the two half-catchers of Montero and Posada). It will be interesting to see what Girardi does should anything happen to Martin.

  2. jayxz102 - Sep 27, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Martin is going to catch every inning. Don’t know the rules about injury replacements, but if he gets injured to the point where he can’t catch, can they just take him off the roster mid-series and replace him with Romine?

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