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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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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. Aug 17 - 6:16 PM

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Francisco Cervelli (hand, wrist) will get three days off.

Cervelli was removed from Sunday's series finale against the Blue Jays after experiencing renewed discomfort in his left hand and wrist. Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate for the Bucs.
Aug 15 - 5:25 PM

Francisco Cervelli admitted after Sunday's game that his ailing left hand/wrist is impacting him offensively and defensively.

Cervelli's hand has been banged up over the past couple of weeks and it caused his exit from Sunday's game. "I don't know what's the deal there," said Cervelli. "I cannot hit 100 percent. Every time I swing, it's painful." Cervelli said the hand injury is mostly impacting his swing, but also said he's having a difficult time receiving pitches down in the strike zone. There's no easy answer with the Pirates struggling to stick around in the NL Central race.
Aug 14 - 11:50 AM

Francisco Cervelli was removed from Sunday's game against the Blue Jays due to a recurrence of pain in his left hand.

It's an issue that has bothered Cervelli off and on throughout the season. He's considered day-to-day.
Aug 13 - 4:33 PM

Francisco Cervelli (groin) is back in the Pirates' lineup Friday.

It's his first start since he took a foul tip to the groin Tuesday. Cervelli is catching and batting seventh versus Travis Wood and the Padres.
Aug 4 - 3:53 PM

Francisco Cervelli (groin) is expected to return Friday against the Padres.

Cervelli hasn't played since taking a foul ball off his groin Tuesday against the Reds but should be a go for Friday night's series opener. Chris Stewart has been filling in behind the plate.
Aug 3 - 11:55 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with a home run to help the Pirates squeak past the Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday.

It was looking like it might not be the Pirates' night after Brewers starter Junior Guerra blanked them through the first five innings, but Cervelli led off the sixth with a solo shot to get the Bucs on the board. They'd score three more times in the sixth inning to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The homer was the fifth of the year for Cervelli after he was held to just one dong in all of 2016. The backstop is hitting .260/.353/.402 overall.
Jul 19 - 12:41 AM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals.

Cervelli was the only Pirates batter with multiple hits in the shutout loss. He's had issues with concussion symptoms in recent weeks, but hopefully those are behind him now. Cervelli is hitting .250/.350/.385 on the year.
Jul 15 - 11:10 PM

Francisco Cervelli broke out for five RBI Sunday in the Pirates’ 14-3 victory over the Cubs.

Cervelli went deep off Jon Lester in his second at-bat of the first inning for his third career grand slam. That put the Pirates ahead 9-0 and they would never look back. Not content with the grand slam, Cervelli added to the Cubs’ misery by providing an RBI single in the fourth inning. The 31-year-old from Venezuela hasn’t done much for fantasy owners this year but maybe Sunday’s outburst is a sign that better days are ahead. He hit .250 in the first half with four round-trippers and 27 RBI.
Jul 9 - 6:27 PM

Francisco Cervelli is not in the Pirates' lineup Thursday against the Phillies.

Cervelli returned from a concussion earlier this week and it looks like the Pirates are easing him in. Elias Diaz is catching and batting seventh against Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson.
Jul 6 - 4:15 PM

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

Cervelli has been out since June 19 due to recurring concussion symptoms. The Pirates figure to take it easy with him for now, even potentially exposing him to other positions.
Jul 3 - 3:44 PM

Francisco Cervelli (concussion) will be used at catcher when he returns, but the Pirates plan to talk to him about playing other positions, as well.

Cervelli has dealt with multiple concussions, so him playing other positions might be the best way to keep him healthy. He's started a few games at first base in his career and has played a handful of innings at second and third base, as well.
Jul 2 - 10:57 AM

Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has resumed participating in baseball activities.

Cervelli, who has been on the shelf since June 22 due to recurring post-concussion symptoms, is reportedly feeling much better. There is still no clear timetable for his return, but a likely scenario would be at some point after the All-Star break.
Jul 1 - 9:48 AM

Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has resumed light physical activity with work on a stationary bike.

Cervelli has already twice been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, most recently landing on it on June 22 due to the lingering aftereffects of a head injury suffered earlier in the month. There is no current timetable for his return.
Jun 28 - 4:41 PM

Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Cervelli initially suffered the concussion on June 6 and still doesn't feel quite right. Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart will fill in at catcher for the Bucs.
Jun 22 - 11:25 AM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Joaquin Benoit
3Juan Nicasio
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6George Kontos
7A.J. Schugel