Cervelli announced his retirement Saturday, Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extrabase reports. The 34-year-old managed quite a successful 13-year big-league career despite frequent battles with concussions. Cervelli won a World Series as a member of the Yankees back in 2009 and went on to record 605 hits and 41 homers. He'll retire with a .268/.358/.382 career slash line, good for a 105 wRC+, quite a respectable number for a catcher.
Cervelli (concussion) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Thursday. Cervelli was said to have been making progress in his recovery from a concussion he sustained in late August, but his placement on the 45-day injured list will end his regular season. Jorge Alfaro should continue to serve as the Marlins' primary catcher for the remainder of the season with Chad Wallach serving in a depth role.
The Marlins transferred Cervelli (concussion) from the 7-day injured list to the 10-day IL on Tuesday. The transaction is merely procedure, Cervelli has already missed 10 days with the head injury. Cervelli is said to be progressing in his recovery from the concussion, but the Marlins are thus far unwilling to put a timeline on his return to game action.
Cervelli (concussion) told a Marlins employee Saturday that he's feeling better in his recovery from a head injury, but the veteran catcher remains without a clear timeline to rejoin the active roster, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. "It sounds like [Saturday] was a great day for him, and he was upbeat, feeling good," manager Don Mattingly said of Cervelli. "We're hoping that trend continues." While the news that Cervelli is making positive progress after being diagnosed with a concussion Aug. 23 offers some encouragement about his status, the 34-year-old's lengthy history of head injuries likely means the Marlins won't rush him back into action. Chad Wallach is poised to serve as the primary backup to Jorge Alfaro while Cervelli is on the shelf.
Cervelli was placed on the 7-day concussion list after Saturday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports. Cervelli apparently took a shot to the head and was forced to exit Saturday's nightcap after two frames. Jorge Alfaro is off the injured list and should see the bulk of the starts behind the plate, but the Marlins will still need to add another catcher to the roster Sunday. Considering that Cervelli has a long history of concussions and briefly gave up catching last season after suffering a head injury, he seems likely to miss longer than the minimum seven days.
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