Greetings, Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium for Chad, today and tomorrow. First off, Francisco Cervelli had an Impact test today to compare with his most recent baseline test and judge brain function following his third concussion. He was waiting for a doctor to review the results. But the good news was that he said he has been symptom-free for three days. He got hurt Sept. 8 in Baltimore.
“I think the last two concussions was one or two days,” Cervelli said. “Right now, I went like a week dizzy and feeling weird.”
Cervelli is still hoping his season isn’t over for him, that he can return shortly.
“I pray every day for that,” Cervelli said. “But God knows what will be for me. That’s it.”
So is there anything he can do to protect himself for future collisions at home plate?
“I think I’m going to wear a hockey mask with spikes,” he said. “Something, man. It’s part of the game. I think I’ve got to wear the ‘Gazoo’ helmet again, and catching I don’t know. I’ve got to be ready. Maybe some metal on my face or something.”
*The erratic A.J. Burnett will be starting today against the Twins, trying to build on the last three innings of his last start. The starting pitching has been shaky lately on several fronts. Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia haven’t been as steady. Phil Hughes had today’s start pushed back because of back spasms after his bullpen session Friday. Even CC Sabathia hasn’t been himself.
The timing isn’t great with just 11 games to go before the postseason, although the Yankees are riding a 4 1/2 game lead over Boston.
“I can only think of one worse time and that would be during the postseason,” Joe Girardi said. “We have time for guys to step up and get it right and get on a roll.”
Girardi has his rotation lined up for the four-game Tampa Bay series that starts here tomorrow night (Ivan Nova will pitch), but he hasn’t decided on what order Sabathia and Hughes will pitch in Wednesday’s day/night doubleheader. He also hasn’t announced his starters for the three-game Boston series that caps this final homestand. He was asked about it and said he just wanted to worry about today. Frankly, he wasn’t overjoyed with yet another rotation question.
“I don’t want to get testy,” Girardi said, “but we go through this every day.”
At some point, he will have to decide, if he hasn’t already, whether Sabathia will go on short rest Sunday to line him up on regular rest for next Friday’s Game 1, since we assume there’s going to be a Game 1.