PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – It was quite the scare last night for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jameson Taillon as the rookie pitcher took a 105 mph line drive off the back of his head.
Francisco Cervelli had the closest view of the play in just his first game back from injury and joined the Starkey and Mueller Show to talk about that play and getting back on the field.
“I think everybody felt the same way,” Cervelli said. “It’s not fun when you see a pitcher getting hit anywhere in his body, especially the head. I was surprised that this guy stood up and kept pitching.”
Cervelli also talked about Melancon’s second straight blown save and why he isn’t at all concerned.
“I’m not” worried,” Cervelli said. “Every closer in baseball has those kind of games. This guy is a hard worker, a smart guy, he knows what he’s doing. It’s nothing to be worried about.”
Click the audio link below to hear more from Cervelli as he talks about the excitement of his first game back, Taillon throwing everything he told him to and how his mother helped pull him out of a tough stretch in his minor league career.