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Cervelli back on field since hit-by-pitch

Cervelli back on field since hit-by-pitch

TAMPA, Fla. -- Francisco Cervelli strapped his gear back on Tuesday at Yankees camp, showing no ill effects from the concussion he suffered while batting over the weekend.

Cervelli went through a full morning of drills with the club, including taking batting practice in the cages and catching reliever Mark Melancon's bullpen session -- his first activity since taking a fastball off his helmet in Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

"It was a little weird, but nothing bad," Cervelli said. "Tomorrow is a full workout. It's OK. Everything is good."

Cervelli was hit by Toronto right-hander Zech Zinicola and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for a precautionary CT scan, which was negative.

The 24-year-old backstop was seen by team physician Dr. Andrew Boyer on Sunday and a neurologist on Monday before he was cleared to resume physical activities Tuesday, including agility drills, running and a workout with a medicine ball.

Cervelli guessed that he has taken four pitches off his helmet in his life, and said that he felt "normal" after Tuesday's workout. The Yankees are tentatively scheduling Cervelli to play on Friday against the Nationals in Viera, Fla.

"I've had a lot of hit-by-pitches in my life, so it's not going to feel different," Cervelli said. "It's going to feel the same."

Cervelli said that he had not been told if he would need to try a new batting helmet as a result of the hit-by-pitch, but he seems in no rush to do so.

The Mets' David Wright briefly experimented with the new Rawlings S100 model after being hit last season, a helmet which is designed to withstand pitches up to 100 mph, but Wright went back to his regular gear shortly after.

"Same helmet," Cervelli said. "If they tell me I've got to use something different, OK, but I didn't hear anything yet."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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