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Francisco Cervelli | Catcher | #29

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / NYY
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Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.
It's a simple day off. John Jaso and Jordy Mercer are also sitting out, as the Pirates have Eric Fryer at catcher, Josh Bell at first base and Sean Rodriguez at shortstop. Aug 21 - 12:16 PM

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Francisco Cervelli led the Pirates with three hits Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

All of his hits were singles. Cervelli missed a game with wrist discomfort earlier this week but is obviously feeling much better. The 30-year-old got off to an extremely slow start this year but has been a different hitter since the All-Star break, batting .333 over 42 second-half at-bats.
Aug 13 - 8:49 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday against the Padres.

Cervelli left Wednesday's game with discomfort in his left wrist and was scheduled to see a doctor on Thursday morning. There's no real diagnosis at the moment. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate for Pittsburgh.
Aug 11 - 12:03 PM

Francisco Cervelli was forced out of Wednesday's game against the Padres due to left wrist discomfort.

Cervelli was visibly irritated by his wrist during the middle innings and repeatedly rubbed the agitated area both while catching and on the basepaths. The Pirates should offer a more concrete update on Cervelli's health on Thursday, after he has a day to allow the wrist to settle and some tests can be done. That this is his left wrist is somewhat concerning, as he missed time with a broken left hand earlier this season.
Aug 10 - 9:23 PM

Francisco Cervelli was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Padres due to an undisclosed injury.

The Pirates should pass along word later this evening as to what, exactly, was bothering Cervelli. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel noted that the backstop was rubbing his hand behind the plate and while on the bases, so we might be looking at a hand or wrist injury that forced him out of the contest in the fifth inning. Until further information is provided, consider Cervelli day-to-day.
Aug 10 - 8:31 PM

Francisco Cervelli (head) returned to the Pirates starting lineup on Friday, going 1-for-2 with an RBI in a victory over the Reds.

Cervelli got drilled in the helmet by a Mike Foltynewicz offering on Tuesday and had remained out of the lineup since for precautionary reasons. He delivered a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that got the Pirates on the board and tied the game. For the season, he's now hitting .260/.367/.296 with 24 RBI.
Aug 6 - 8:16 AM

Francisco Cervelli (head) is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday night.

Cervelli took a Michael Foltynewicz pitch off the side of his batting helmet on Tuesday and came up woozy. He's been put through MLB's concussion protocol. Eric Fryer will start at catcher and bat eighth Wednesday versus Atlanta right-hander Rob Whelan.
Aug 3 - 3:55 PM

Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday's game against the Braves after taking a pitch to the helmet.

Braves starter Michael Foltynewicz caught him on the side of the helmet with an 82.8 mph changeup. Cervelli tried to take his base but looked a bit woozy, so the Pirates subbed him out for Eric Fryer. Cervelli is probably going to be put through MLB's concussion protocol.
Aug 2 - 8:34 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against the Brewers.

Cervelli left Friday night's game after taking a pitch off his right foot but it wasn't enough to keep him out of the lineup on Saturday. He'll start behind the plate and bat sixth against Brewers right-hander Chase Anderson. Pittsburgh is extremely thin at catcher with Chris Stewart rehabbing a knee injury so the Bucs dodged a bullet here.
Jul 30 - 5:32 PM

Francisco Cervelli did not suffer any structural damage from getting hit by a pitch on his right foot during Friday's game.

The backstop should be considered day-to-day and will avoid a trip to the disabled list. Don't be surprised if he sits out on Saturday as a precautionary measure before returning to the lineup on Sunday.
Jul 30 - 12:44 PM

Francisco Cervelli had to be removed from Friday's game against the Brewers after getting hit on the right ankle by a pitch while behind the plate.

Cervelli had to be helped off the field by team trainers and was unable to put any weight on his injured ankle. He'll presumably head for X-rays and the Pirates should have an update on his status before Saturday's game. Losing Cervelli for any length of time would be very detrimental to the Pirates.
Jul 29 - 11:41 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out of Thursday's lineup against the Brewers.

Cervelli will get some rest after catching consecutive games in his return from the DL. Eric Fryer will start behind the plate and catch Francisco Liriano.
Jul 21 - 4:20 PM

Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 15-day disabled list.

Cervelli, who is working his way back from a broken left hand, went 4-for-10 with a double and three walks over three games during his minor league rehab assignment. He's batting sixth in his return to action Tuesday against the Brewers.
Jul 19 - 3:29 PM

Francisco Cervelli (hand) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.

He's close to returning from a broken hand he suffered last month. Cervelli is allowed to rehab for a maximum of 20 days, though he won't need all of it. The 30-year-old was hitting .257 with 21 RBI and a .373 on base percentage before his injury.
Jul 14 - 5:47 PM

Francisco Cervelli (hand) hit on the field Saturday.

It was Cervelli's second hitting session since breaking his hand last month. He's close to beginning a rehab assignment. When he does, Cervelli will start out catching partial games before advancing to all nine innings and eventually back-to-back games. Erik Kratz and Chris Stewart have been filling in behind the plate for Pittsburgh.
Jul 9 - 8:11 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
1B1John Jaso
2Josh Bell
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Tyler Glasnow
4Ivan Nova
5Ryan Vogelsong
6Chad Kuhl
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Neftali Feliz
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Jeff Locke