Speaking for the first time since getting the diagnosis Friday that he had a fracture in his leftr foot, Francisco Cervelli found gallows humor in the bad luck that seems to befall him this time of year.
Right around his birthday, which is Sunday.
“I think I’m going to change my birthday now,” Cervelli smiled Saturday morning. “Jesus Christ. Unbelievable. Things happen.”
They sure do.
Cervelli suffered a broken wrist in 2008, caught pneumonia in 2009 and sustained a concussion last season, on his March 6 birthday, when the Blue Jays’ Zech Zinicola beaned him.
Cervelli was having a good spring, fortunate given the competition with Jesus Montero and Austin Romine for the backup job. He knows it's unlikely a job will be waiting for him when he returns.
“I hope [there’s a job], but if not, I’ll fight again,” Cervelli said. “This is me. I have to fight every year for something. I’m not going to cry because somebody’s going to take my job. No, I’m going to charge back.”