Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli career could be in jeopardy following concussion

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.

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.