For much of the season, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was enjoying a breakout season. Now the 32-year-old might just be hoping he can continue his career.
Pittsburgh placed Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday. He is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms nearly a month after he first landed on the disabled list for a concussion.
Even more concerning, the 32-year-old was placed on the disabled list for a concussion twice last season. Now with at least three reported concussions in the past two seasons and the new symptoms, the team is now focused on Cervelli’s quality of life.
#Pirates hopeful Cervelli might miss just one week with latest post-concussion symptoms). More time at 1B looking likely. Career threat? "We're talking about quality of life here," med director Tomczyk said.
— Rob Biertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) July 14, 2018
For an organization to emphasize a player’s quality of life publicly speaks to the potential dangers of this situation. If he recovers from the post-concussion symptoms, a move to first base would be the wisest move for his long-term health.
Cervelli has spent 594 of 622 career games in the majors as a catcher. A move to first base would follow recent trends across baseball, including Joe Mauer and Carlos Santana moving positions in recent years.