Francisco Cervelli may not be ready to hang up his tools of ignorance after all.
Just a few days after he seemed to close the door on his career as a catcher because of concussions, the Pittsburgh Pirates veteran reversed course Friday in an Instagram post.
"Saying that I quit from my catcher responsibilities is inaccurate," Cervelli wrote. "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."
Cervelli has been on the injured list since suffering the sixth concussion of his major-league career from a foul tip off his mask May 25. He's been rehabbing since but has yet to be cleared by the league's concussion protocol.
Given the circumstances, the 33-year-old said in an interview Sunday that his catching days were now behind him.
"That's enough," Cervelli told Dejan Kovacevic of DK Pittsburgh Sports. "This time is different. I can't live like this.
"I'm ready to do anything. Wherever I am in the field, I'm still catching the ball, right?"
Cervelli is a career .269/.358/.376 hitter over 700 major-league games. He was in the midst of a poor start to his season before his concussion, posting a .526 OPS with just one homer and 31 strikeouts in 123 plate appearances.