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Yanks catcher Cervelli to wear special helmet

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Cervelli is choosing safety over style.

The Yankees' backup catcher will begin wearing a bulky protective helmet similar to one briefly worn last season by Mets star David Wright after he sustained a concussion.

Cervelli talked about the change before Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled because of rain.

Like Wright last summer, Cervelli was hit in the helmet by a 94 mph pitch that gave him a concussion — Cervelli's second since November. Cervelli was injured Saturday and was cleared by a neurologist Monday. He is scheduled to play his first game Friday, when the Yankees travel to Viera to face the Washington Nationals.