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Francisco Cervelli suffers concussion setback, unlikely to return for playoffs

Francisco Cervelli

New York Yankees’ Francisco Cervelli hits a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. the Yankees won 5-3. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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It sounds like the Yankees will be without Francisco Cervelli for the opening round of the playoffs and possibly the entire postseason after the backup catcher suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion.

“He threw and did some catching stuff, and some of the symptoms came back,” manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “The health is always the biggest issue, more than any postseason. We’ve got to get this kid healthy.”

Cervelli hasn’t played since suffering the concussion on September 8 following a collision at the plate with Nick Markakis of the Orioles, which means Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero will be on the postseason roster as backups for everyday catcher Russell Martin.

Prior to the concussion Cervelli hit .266 with a career-high .719 OPS in 43 games, serving as one of baseball’s top backups for the third straight season.