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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 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

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Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli is undergoing a "battery of tests" for an illness which he has been battling.

While normally, illness only keeps players out for a few days at most, Cervelli might be dealing with a lingering bug. He has been feeling off at various points from April onward. It is unclear at this juncture when the veteran backstop might be able to return to action. Chris Stewart is starting in his place on Wednesday.
Jun 21 - 6:35 PM

Francisco Cervelli (flu) remains out of the Pirates' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Cervelli had to be scratched from the lineup Tuesday after coming down with flu-like symptoms and he'll grab some more rest Wednesday night. Chris Stewart is starting behind the plate against the Brewers.
Jun 21 - 3:32 PM

Francisco Cervelli has been scratched from the Pirates' lineup Tuesday with flu-like symptoms.

Elias Diaz is now starting behind the plate and batting fifth against the Brewers. Cervelli should be fine after a day or two of rest.
Jun 20 - 5:57 PM

Pirates activated C Francisco Cervelli from the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Cervelli was sent to the concussion disabled list after taking a ball off his mask last week. Elias Diaz did a nice job filling in for him, but the veteran backstop is now ready to return to action.
Jun 14 - 4:48 PM

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

Cervelli lands on the concussion disabled list after taking a ball off his mask in Tuesday's game against the Orioles. Elias Diaz figures to see the bulk of at-bats behind the plate in his absence. The team is also calling up Jacob Stallings for depth.
Jun 7 - 5:47 PM

Francisco Cervelli remains in the concussion protocol.

Cervelli was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Orioles after taking a ball off his mask. As of yet, no decision has been made as to whether the veteran backstop will be placed on the concussion disabled list.
Jun 7 - 5:25 PM

Francisco Cervelli was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Orioles after taking a ball off his mask.

Elias Diaz replaced him behind the dish in the bottom of the ninth inning at Camden Yards. Cervelli will likely be put through MLB's concussion protocol.
Jun 6 - 10:19 PM

Francisco Cervelli (illness) is back in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

Cervelli missed the last two games with sinus issues. Gregory Polanco is sitting this one out, as John Jaso is in right field.
Jun 4 - 11:09 AM

Francisco Cervelli (illness) remains out of the Pirates' lineup on Saturday.

Cervelli was scratched from Friday's game with sinus issues. Elias Diaz, who drove in six runs Friday night, will get another start behind the plate for the Pirates.
Jun 3 - 3:42 PM

Francisco Cervelli finished 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI against the Braves on Thursday.

It's Cervelli's fourth ever four-hit game; he had one in 2010 and two in 2015. He had gone 75 games since his last three-hit day last Aug. 13. He's raised his average from .217 to .258 over the last six days.
May 25 - 3:30 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Cervelli had built up a six-game hitting streak heading into Thursday's game, one which was snapped by a dominant Zack Greinke. The veteran backstop is working to a .242/.312/.444 triple-slash with three homers and 15 RBI over the course of 28 games played.
May 12 - 12:33 AM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer Wednesday against the Dodgers.

The Pirates were being shut out until Cervelli hit a two-run homer down 5-0 in the ninth. The club had five hits tonight, all of them coming off the bats of Josh Harrison and Cervelli. Three homers for Cervelli matches the third highest total of his career. He had seven in 2015 and four in 2011. He totaled one in 101 games last year.
May 11 - 2:05 AM

Francisco Cervelli, who missed four days with a right foot injury, went 2-for-4 with a double in his return to the starting lineup Thursday.

The double was his 10th extra-base hit in 78 at-bats, which seems especially odd given that he's hit just .218 overall. Cervelli had just 16 extra-base hits in 326 at-bats last year. Entering this year, 78 percent of his career hits had been singles. Right now, it's 41 percent.
May 4 - 4:38 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in the Pirates' starting lineup on Thursday.

Cervelli has been out all week because of a nagging right foot injury, but he feels good enough to give it a go in Thursday's series finale against the Reds. The 31-year-old catcher is batting .203/.289/.392 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 22 games this season.
May 4 - 10:05 AM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
4Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
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
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Antonio Bastardo
6Jhan Marinez
7Wade LeBlanc
8Josh Lindblom
9Edgar Santana