Yankees kept Cervelli out of winter ball

A concussion after a collision at home plate against the Orioles knocked Francisco Cervelli out for most of the final month of the year last season and it also kept him out of winter ball, according to George King of the NY Post.

Cervelli apparently stopped feeling the symptoms of the concussion after just two weeks, but because he has had a few in the past, the Yankees decided to keep him out of playing winter ball as a precaution. Instead he went to workout with Robinson Cano for a couple of weeks.

The Yankees have not tried to trade Cervelli this offseason despite the fact that Austin Romine, who filled in for him last September, is on the doorstep of the major leagues. So Cervelli will likely be the backup to Russell Martin this season with Romine starting the year in Triple-A. If there is a need at the trade deadline, Cervelli may make a decent trade chip.

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6 Responses to Yankees kept Cervelli out of winter ball

  1. john says:

    Maybe Im wrong but isnt he CCs personal catcher now? The big guys numbers went down when Cervelli went down
    I could be wrong

    • Cervelli caught CC a few times down the stretch, but it wasn't in any defined role. I think it was either just a coincidence or it was just more of a good night to give Martin a night off since the offense doesn't have to do as much on a night where he pitches. Cervelli was actually out for a good portion of the season last year.

  2. Tony says:

    Well Franky needs to be at 100 percent becasue Martin goes down they need him to step it up in that case
    Lets hope that never happens

    • alcan says:

      This is the deal… I totally agree with Rob on Cervelli catching CC… the least riskiest pitcher to catch and give Martin a day off. I have heard nonsense about CC preferring Cervelli… complete nonsense… Who else was he going to catch to give Martin every 5th game off? that was a scheduled set last winter for Martin b/c of his 2010 injuries with the dodgers. Martin proved to be solid and probably will get in more games this season. Yes, Cervelli will be the back-up although Romine is twice as good behind the dish. But, the Yanks do not want to waste Romine sitting on a bench. Thus, he will play everyday at AAA while Cervelli serves as the Yankee's mascot. If Martin were to go down indefinitely or wind up on the DL you can bet your swirly marbles that Romine will be called up to be the every day catcher. And that my friends iz DAH TRUFF!

  3. Rafael Santori says:

    Cervelli in addition to be a back for Martin, could be in case of an emergency during a game could be a third base replacement.

  4. Frank Spero says:

    i'm persoally glad they kept cervelli i like him i thunk he's a good guy and when he's hot he's a pretty good hitter