Former Bucs Catcher McKenry on Cervelli Concussion Issues: 'It's Terrifying To Me'

He was 'absolutely shocked' Cervelli was in the lineup Thursday

Matt Koll
July 27, 2018 - 12:23 pm
Francisco Cervelli

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- If you are a consistent consumer of the Pirates, you know that Francisco Cervelli takes as much of a beating as any catcher in MLB and has paid the price for it in the form of multiple concussions.

Cervelli recently suffered yet another one after taking a series of foul tips and an errant back swing to the mask. Former Pirates catcher now AT&T Sports Net analyst Michael McKenry joined The Fan Morning Show on Friday and expressed extreme concern for his health.

"It's terrifying to me," said McKenry. "I was absolutely shocked when he was in the lineup yesterday [Thursday]. One, I thought maybe he would go catch one or two games in the minor leagues, I know that's probably not what he needs he's a guy that probably doesn't need the rehab."

"But, watching those foul tips and him flinch a little's terrifying for me. I know the guy, he's a really nice guy, he works his tail off and I know what's in his head. I just pray that he can let it go and I pray that his head will be OK because we've seen throughout the NFL all the depression and all the things going on through concussion-type symptoms that can last. But, there's a lot of technology out there, there's a lot of things that can help him and I hope he finds one that really works for him."

Michael talked about this time of year in the baseball season where teams are making deals and how much players really pay attention to all of the movement and the rumors. 

"I mean, it's in your face," said McKenry. "It's hard not to pay attention, it's hard not to see what's going on. There's not one guy in that clubhouse that doesn't know the Cubs just got Cole Hamels. They know that JA Happ just went to the Yankees. It's not just a game you play, it's not just your job, it's the business you're in and you want to see what's going on around the league."

McKenry also believes that sometimes you need to make a statement and that maybe the Pirates missed an opportunity to do so after Trevor Bauer hit Starling Marte in the hand in the first inning Wednesday, knocking him out of the game. 

"You don't always have to hit somebody to make a statement," said McKenry. "You could obviously tell that Bauer had no intention to hit Marte but you do have to protect your players. If people feel like they have the authority to do whatever they want against you and they own the box, then that's what's going to happen."

"So, I think on the other end, all you have to do is flip somebody. You put somebody on the ground and they've got to wipe off their pants, they'll remember that." 

You can listen to the entire interview with AT&T Sports Net's Michael McKenry on The Fan Morning Show below. 



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