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Francisco Cervelli | Catcher | #29

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 went 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday against the Cubs, dropping his season line to .190/.261/.365.
Cervelli has already doubled his home run total from last season with two early bombs, but he's offered little else. The backstop has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats. Apr 25 - 9:53 PM

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Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday in St. Louis.

Chris Stewart will catch Gerrit Cole and bat eighth versus Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. It's just a routine day off for Cervelli, who's batting .234/.308/.447 with two home runs and six RBI through 14 regular-season games.
Apr 19 - 11:04 AM

Francisco Cervelli is in the Pirates' starting lineup on Saturday despite feeling under the weather.

The veteran backstop was coughing and sniffling as he walked through the clubhouse, but a little cold isn't enough to keep him off the field. Cervelli is batting sixth against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Saturday.
Apr 15 - 1:02 PM

Francisco Cervelli is getting the day off Thursday against the Red Sox.

Chris Stewart will start at catcher and bat ninth in the Pirates' series finale at Fenway Park. It's just a routine day of rest for Cervelli, who is 5-for-26 (.192) to open the 2017 regular season.
Apr 13 - 10:35 AM

Francisco Cervelli launched a solo homer and scored a pair of runs against the Braves on Friday.

Cervelli's first and only home run last season came on September 22, so he didn't have to wait nearly as long this season. The catcher looked a little gimpy while he jogged around the bases, as his nagging right foot injury might still be an issue. It doesn't look like it will be something that keeps him out of the lineup, however.
Apr 7 - 4:54 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and some continued soreness in his right foot, but his absence was considered precautionary. The Pirates expect him to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 12:07 PM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained.
Mar 27 - 9:18 AM

Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and "a little bit" of continued soreness in his right foot, according to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

Cervelli had some soreness in the foot during the second half last season and it's creeped up on him a bit this spring. It doesn't look to be overly concerning at this point, though.
Mar 26 - 12:58 PM

Francisco Cervelli collected three hits Saturday in Italy’s loss to Venezuela in the WBC.

Cervelli made the game’s final out but did plenty to keep Italy afloat in the first nine innings of Saturday’s four-hour, 43-minute thriller. Two of his hits went for extra bases, though Cervelli's lone RBI came on a seventh-inning single. Cervelli had to be feeling pretty conflicted on Saturday representing Italy while playing against his home country of Venezuela. Italy needs to beat Puerto Rico Sunday to advance to the next round.
Mar 11 - 9:04 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a win over the Red Sox on Saturday.

He will be the Pirates' primary catcher again this season. He batted .264/.377/.322 with one homer and 33 RBI in 101 games in 2016 in what was a bit of a down year for him. He has a career .280/.361/.374 career slash line in 481 games.
Mar 4 - 6:52 PM

Francisco Cervelli took Justin Verlander deep and walked twice Thursday against the Tigers.

Ah, yes, there's spring-training superstar Francisco Cervelli, homering in just his third at-bat of the year. Since the beginning of 2014, he has 11 homers in 111 spring at-bats and 10 homers in 923 regular-season at-bats.
Mar 2 - 4:26 PM

Francisco Cervelli said he had no issues with his right foot Tuesday in his Grapefruit League debut.

Cervelli came down with some routine right foot discomfort during an early team workout in Pirates camp, but he seems to be completely past it now. "The quote from Francisco was he wasn't even thinking about his right foot," head trainer Todd Tomczyk told reporters Wednesday. The 30-year-old catcher should be 100 percent for Opening Day.
Mar 2 - 8:50 AM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) has been added to the Pirates' lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli wasn't on the original lineup card, but it sounds like he has proven that he's over his recent issue with his right foot. This will be his Grapefruit League debut. Seeing him back in action should ease concerns about him leaving to join Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic.
Feb 28 - 9:40 AM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli (foot) has been cleared for "modified baseball activities."

Cervelli felt discomfort in his right foot during a workout this past Sunday. While it doesn't appear to be serious, the Pirates would like to make sure that this won't be a lingering issue before they give him the all-clear to catch for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic later this spring. Fair enough for the club to proceed with caution, here, as Cervelli hasn't exactly proven to be the most durable of players. Last season, he appeared in just 101 games due to injury concerns.
Feb 22 - 4:52 PM

The Pirates want to see Francisco Cervelli (foot) work out before giving him clearance to leave for the World Baseball Classic.

Cervelli felt some discomfort in his right foot during a team workout Sunday, but he's making progress. He's due to catch for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Feb 22 - 1:12 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Gift Ngoepe
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Starling Marte
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Tyler Glasnow
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Juan Nicasio
5Antonio Bastardo
6Trevor Williams
7Wade LeBlanc
8Johnny Barbato