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Francisco Cervelli | Catcher | #29

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Cervelli (finger) went 0-for-4 at dish in his return to the lineup Saturday.
Cervelli sat out Friday after jamming a finger when he dove back into a base Thursday. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward. May 20 - 8:20 AM

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Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Friday after jamming a finger while diving back into a base Thursday.

It sounds like a day-to-day situation. Elias Diaz is catching Friday.
May 18 - 4:14 PM

Francisco Cervelli (forearm) drew a pair of walks in his return to action Thursday.

Cervelli sat out Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's game following a hit by pitch on the forearm, but he'll be fine. The catcher is sporting a surprising .296/.418/.556 batting line with six home runs this season.
May 18 - 8:38 AM

Francisco Cervelli (forearm) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Cervelli was lifted from Tuesday's game against the White Sox after taking a pitch off his forearm in the bottom of the third inning, though he told reporters afterward that he expects to be fine. Elias Diaz will start at catcher and hit sixth Wednesday versus Chicago.
May 16 - 9:45 AM

Francisco Cervelli (forearm) told reporters late Tuesday that he will be "fine."

Cervelli was removed from Tuesday night's game against the White Sox after taking a pitch off his forearm in the bottom of the third inning, but he only suffered a bruise. The veteran catcher has an incredible .302/.415/.566 batting line with six home runs and 24 RBI in 33 games this season for Pittsburgh.
May 15 - 11:49 PM

Francisco Cervelli was removed from Tuesday's game against the White Sox after taking a pitch off his forearm.

Cervelli ran for himself after the HBP in the bottom of the third inning, but Elias Diaz took over behind the plate to begin the top of the fourth. There should be an update on Cervelli's status soon. He is off to a tremendous start offensively for the Pirates.
May 15 - 8:30 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Giants.

Cervelli socked a two-run homer off Jeff Samardzija with two outs in the sixth inning. He's been one of the surprise performers of the season to date, slashing .307/.415/.574 with six homers and 24 RBI over the course of 31 games played. He'll continue to hold fantasy value as long as he stays -- the numbers figure to cool in time -- especially in two-catcher and NL-only formats.
May 13 - 12:19 AM

Francisco Cervelli finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's 6-2 win against the Cardinals.

Cervelli had had quite the week, going 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, two homers and eight RBI to raise his average from .262 to .307 just since April 21. While he remains among the league leaders in RBI at the catcher position, it's hard to see the pace lasting. Still, he's a tremendous No. 2 backstop in most standard play while running hot, and a low-end No. 1 option in NL play.
Apr 28 - 11:37 PM

Francisco Cervelli drove in six of the Pirates’ 10 runs Wednesday in a loss to the Tigers.

He reached in four of his five plate appearances, contributing a walk, two singles, a double, a home run and one run scored. Cervelli’s home run was of the three-run variety and came in the third inning off Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann. He also committed a throwing error but we’re sure Cervelli’s fantasy owners aren’t complaining about his afternoon. Cervelli is now tied with Gary Sanchez for the MLB lead among catchers with 18 RBI.
Apr 25 - 8:21 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with a double in Saturday's win over the Marlins.

Cervelli was the only Pirates batter to pick up more than one hit in the contest, as well as the only Pirates batter to pick up an extra-base knock. The double was his third of the season. On the whole, the veteran backstop is now slashing a slick .279/.380/.535 with two homers and 11 RBI in 12 games. There's nothing in his track record to suggest he can keep this kind of offensive pace for any extended amount of time.
Apr 14 - 10:10 PM

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run homer and a triple Thursday against the Cubs.

Cervelli, who was once suspended for steroids, has had his power stroke working of late; he's clubbed six homers in 77 at-bats since the beginning of the spring. That's as many as he had in 581 regular-season at-bats between 2016 and 2017.
Apr 12 - 5:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in Tuesday’s 8-5 victory over the Cubs.

The Pirates were up 5-2 at the time, but Cervelli’s blast off Mike Montgomery in the seventh proved to be valuable insurance. It was his first homer of the season. In fact, the 32-year-old entered Tuesday’s game with just four hits through his first eight games. There’s very little upside here in fantasy leagues.
Apr 10 - 6:10 PM

Francisco Cervelli homered and walked Thursday in a losing cause against the Yankees.

Cervelli likes flexing those muscles in spring training; he has 12 homers in 152 Grapefruit League at-bats the last five years, compared to 15 in 1,188 regular-season at-bats in the same timeframe. He's on the lower rung of fantasy catchers now because of his lack of power and his durability issues.
Mar 15 - 5:29 PM

The Pirates have shut down Francisco Cervelli (quad) for the remainder of the regular season.

Cervelli suffered a quad injury in late August and the team doesn't want him to push things with only 12 games on the calendar. "The reality is we've run out of time," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. He'll finish the year with a .249/.342/.370 batting line with five homers and 31 RBI over 81 games. His salary jumps to $10.5 million next year.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Sunday that Francisco Cervelli (quad) isn't a sure thing to return this season.

Cervelli is determined to return this season and did some some squatting on Friday with that goal in mind, but he's quickly running out of time. The veteran backstop has been sidelined since late August with a quad injury. He's been limited to just 81 games this season.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 01:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2Jose Osuna
2B1Josh Harrison
2Adam Frazier
3Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Colin Moran
2David Freese
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Austin Meadows
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Vázquez
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5Kyle Crick
6Richard Rodriguez
7Tyler Glasnow
8A.J. Schugel
9Steven Brault
10Enny Romero
11Nik Turley
12Nick Burdi