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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
Contract: view contract details

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that he will "back off" catcher Francisco Cervelli (hand) the rest of the way.
Injuries have limited Cervelli to just 101 games played in 2016. With it looking increasingly likely that the veteran catcher will miss the final few games of the campaign, Eric Fryer is starting behind the plate against the Cubs on Wednesday and batting eighth. Sep 28 - 7:09 PM

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Francisco Cervelli hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Better late than never? Cervelli smacked a career-high seven homers last season, but no such minor power surge has been in the cards for 2016. The veteran backstop finally broke through with a solo dinger against Chase Anderson in the fifth inning of Thursday's contest. For the season, Cervelli is hitting .263/.377/.317 with 12 doubles and 33 RBI over 312 at-bats.
Sep 22 - 11:11 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Cervelli doubled and scored in the fourth inning and had a single and a run scored in the sixth. The backstop has a modest five-game hitting streak in which he's 7-for-21 with a pair of doubles and eight runs scored. Cervelli is hitting .265/.378/.310 in 95 games overall.
Sep 21 - 12:01 AM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in a win over the Reds on Thursday.

Cervelli chipped in an RBI hit in the Pirates' three-run first inning. Thumb discomfort kept him out for a game earlier this week, but the 30-year-old seems to be alright. Cervelli is hitting .268/.380/.313 -- still without a home run -- in 85 games this year.
Sep 8 - 9:51 PM

Francisco Cervelli (thumb) is catching and batting seventh for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

Cervelli sat on Tuesday after being pulled from Monday's showdown with the Cardinals due to left thumb discomfort. The Pirates drained the blood from under the thumbnail and that looks to have done the trick. It remains to be seen how the digit will hold up under a full evening of catching.
Sep 7 - 4:45 PM

Francisco Cervelli had the blood under his left thumbnail drained.

Cervelli left Monday's game against the Cardinals due to left thumb discomfort. He had the blood drained from under the thumb and while he was not available to catch on Tuesday, he was available to hit off the bench. The veteran backstop expects to be able play on Wednesday.
Sep 7 - 4:09 PM

Francisco Cervelli exited Monday's game against the Cardinals with left thumb discomfort.

Cervelli went 1-for-2 with an RBI single before being replaced by Eric Fryer behind the plate to begin the fifth inning. We should know more about his status by Tuesday, but it's probably safe to call him day-to-day for now.
Sep 5 - 6:18 PM

Francisco Cervelli is absent from the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Josh Bell, Jordy Mercer and David Freese are also sitting out for the Pirates, as Chris Stewart is catching, John Jaso is at first base, Sean Rodriguez is at shortstop and Adam Frazier is at third base.
Sep 4 - 10:47 AM

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.

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

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Eric Fryer
4Jacob Stallings
5Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Josh Bell
3Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Ryan Vogelsong
6Steven Brault
Relief Pitcher
R1Tony Watson
2Neftali Feliz
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Jeff Locke
8A.J. Schugel
9Tyler Glasnow
10Drew Hutchison
11Trevor Williams
12Wade LeBlanc
13Zach Phillips
14Phil Coke