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Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli says he’ll catch again despite concussion risks

July 13 (UPI) — Pittsburgh Pirates veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli said he expects to catch again despite sustaining at least six concussions in the past 10 years.

After telling DK Pittsburgh Sports last week he was “done catching” for health reasons, Cervelli posted a lengthy message on Instagram on Friday. The longtime catcher wrote “saying that I quit from my catcher responsibilities is inaccurate. My hope is to catch again.”

Cervelli admitted that he’s thought about “my health beyond my baseball years,” but he is working hard on his recovery. He added he is not working on catching in his rehab process to help the recovery process.

“I have nothing other than passion, gratitude, and love for what I do, for this sport,” he wrote. “This isn’t just a job for me. This is part of my life and I can’t live life without injecting passion and energy, heart and mind into what I do, whatever that is.”

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“Saying that I quit from my catcher responsibilities is inaccurate. My hope is to catch again. Not being in the catcher spot right now is part of the process of recovery from several concussions that have forced me to stop and think about my health beyond my baseball years, that have made me reflect on my health and my life in general and how my decisions affect other people that want the best for me in the long run. I keep working hard, there’s no other way for me to do things. I love baseball but I also have to take care of myself. I want to take care of myself and have quality of life now and hopefully from many more years This requires to reinvent myself, have patience and keep working In other words, to my fans, rest assured that I am working hard on my recovery and I will come back with more strength and the same passion I have always had for this sport. That, I can assure you: I have nothing other than passion, gratitude and love for what I do, for this sport. This isn’t just a job for me. This is part of my life and I can’t live my life without injecting passion and energy, heart and mind into what I do, whatever that is. ” Decir que “renuncié” a ser catcher es exagerado . . Que no esté en la receptoría ahora mismo, es parte de mi proceso de recuperación de varias contusiones que me han obligado a parar y pensar en mí mismo más allá de mi carrera; que me han hecho reflexionar sobre mi salud y mi vida, y que involucra a muchas personas que quieren lo mejor para mí . . Yo, por mi parte, sigo trabajando duro, no puedo hacerlo de otra forma. Amo el beisbol, pero también quiero cuidarme y vivir una vida de calidad . . Eso implica reinventarme, tener paciencia y seguir trabajando. . Así que tranquilos, que me estoy recuperando y regresaré con más fuerza y las mismas ganas de siempre, porque eso sí tengo yo: ganas, pasión y amor por lo que hago . Esto no es un simple trabajo para mí, esto es parte de mi vida y yo no puedo vivir mi vida de otra manera que no sea poniéndole el corazón y pasión a lo que hago, sea lo que sea.

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Cervelli has not played since suffering a concussion May 25. He missed nearly a month last season after taking a foul tip off the facemask.

Cervelli was diagnosed with four separate concussions from 2009 through 2017.

Cervelli is hitting just .193 with one home run and five RBIs in 109 at-bats this year. He had a career-high 12 home runs and 57 RBIs for the Pirates last season.

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