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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 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

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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

Francisco Cervelli (quad) took live batting practice and ran the bases on Wednesday, and could return to the Pirates before the end of the 2017 season.

Cervelli has been on the disabled list since August 26 with the quad injury, and had a setback that changed his expected return date from September 5 to undetermined. That return date is still undetermined, but it looks more likely that he'll get a chance to play after participating on Wednesday.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 07:02:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) resumed throwing and hitting on Saturday.

And the hope is he will feel well enough to resume running on Monday. Cervelli was supposed to return from the disabled list on September 5, but he suffered a setback with his quad while doing squatting exercises. He's probably at least a week away from activation.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 05:33:00 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli (quad) has hit a plateau in his squatting exercises.

Cervelli was initially expected to be activated from the disabled list on September 5, but he is not physically ready to catch as of yet. He landed on the disabled list with left quad irritation on August 26. At this juncture, it is unclear when Cervelli might be able to return to action with the Pirates.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 04:35:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) took part in light baseball activities on Wednesday.

Cervelli played catch, jogged and hit in the cage prior to Wednesday's game against the Cubs. He was placed on the disabled list with left quad irritation on August 26, but is expected to be activated on September 5 after the minimum ten days have passed.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 09:40:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) expects to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on September 5.

Cervelli lasted three innings after returning from the DL on Friday, going down with a new injury. It's good that he expects to be back soon, but we probably can't etch it in stone.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 11:28:00 AM

Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list with left quad irritation.

Cervelli just returned from a wrist injury Friday, only to suffer a quad injury in his first game back. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Chris Stewart and Elias Diaz will share catching duties for the Pirates for the time being.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 06:07:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) is not in the Pirates' lineup Saturday.

Cervelli returned from a wrist injury Friday, only to exit his first game back with a sore left quad. He's hoping to avoid another DL stint. Chris Stewart is catching Saturday.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 04:40:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli exited Friday's game against the Reds with left quad discomfort.

Cervelli was making his return from the disabled list on Friday, but he lasted just three innings before being pulled. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:46:00 AM

Francisco Cervelli was removed from Friday's game against the Reds with an apparent injury.

No word yet on what exactly happened, but Cervelli didn't look comfortable while running around the bases. It was his first game back in the lineup after returning from a wrist issue. Expect the Pirates to provide an update on his status shortly.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 08:03:00 PM

Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 10-day disabled list.

Cervelli swung a bat the last two days without issue, clearing the way for his return to action. He missed just one day over the minimum with left wrist inflammation.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 03:46:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli (wrist) swung the bat on Wednesday.

He's slated for another workout Thursday and looks to be close to a return. Cervelli landed on the disabled list on August 17 with left wrist inflammation. Health has been an issue throughout the campaign for the backstop, who has now been placed on the DL on three separate occasions.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 04:22:00 PM

Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list with left wrist inflammation.

This is Cervelli's third trip to the DL this season. It's worth noting that Cervelli broke the hamate bone in his left hand last year, which eventually led to surgery. Chris Stewart should see most of the action behind the plate during his absence.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 06:16:00 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
3Jacob Stallings
4Ryan Lavarnway
1B1Josh Bell
2Jose Osuna
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
3Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1David Freese
2Colin Moran
3Jung Ho Kang
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Adam Frazier
3Jordan Luplow
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Starling Marte
2Austin Meadows
3Jason Martin
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Daniel Nava
3Bryce Brentz
Starting Pitcher
S1Ivan Nova
2Jameson Taillon
3Chad Kuhl
4Trevor Williams
5Joe Musgrove
6Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Michael Feliz
3George Kontos
4Edgar Santana
5A.J. Schugel
6Jordan Milbrath
7Steven Brault
8Josh Smoker
9Kevin Siegrist
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Kyle Crick
12Jack Leathersich
13Nik Turley
14Nick Burdi