Sometime around third or fourth grade, one of my friends at a baseball after-school program had a rather unfortunate meeting with a baseball bat. He wasn’t paying close attention to the guy on deck, and the backswing clocked him squarely in the mouth. He lost his two front teeth but lived to tell the tale. Today, we find out that something similar happened to Frankie Cervelli. In a piece that cover some familiar ground — lost eight pounds; best shape of his life; yadda, yadda, yadda — Anthony McCarron reports that Cervelli sat out a month of winter ball after getting hit in the head with a bat.
Cervelli said he was hit while behind the plate by another player’s backswing, and although he did not suffer a concussion, the Yanks asked him to sit out the rest of the Venezuelan winter ball season. “Nothing bad,” Cervelli said of the accident. “No concussion. I came here to check my head and the doctors said no action for a month. The Yankees said no more and you pay attention, that’s it.” The de facto back-up catcher is back up to full speed and is practicing at the Yanks’ minor league complex in Tampa. All’s well that ends well.