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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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Francisco Cervelli (hand) did some catching drills on Saturday.
He had his stitches removed on Friday. Cervelli is still building up strength after fracturing his left hand earlier this month. His original timetable was 4-6 weeks and it doesn't look like that's changed. Chris Stewart and Erik Kratz will continue to fill in behind the plate for Pittsburgh. Jun 25 - 5:18 PM

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Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand.

Cervelli apparently sustained the injury while swinging the bat during Friday's game. He had surgery to repair the issue on Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Chris Stewart will be relied upon to handle the bulk of the work behind the plate while Cervelli is sidelined.
Jun 11 - 3:08 PM

Francisco Cervelli was forced to leave Friday's game against the Cardinals due to pain in his left hand.

Now there's a vague diagnosis. It doesn't sound as though there's any structural damage, but it's difficult to speculate on how much time the Bucs' backstop may stand to miss. For now, he should be considered day-to-day.
Jun 10 - 9:15 PM

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

He was lifted in the middle of an at-bat after injuring something on his swing, perhaps involving his left hand. Cervelli had been battling a sore foot after being drilled last Thursday, though this injury doesn't appear to be related. As with his battery-mate Gerrit Cole, we'll pass along more information as it becomes available.

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

Cervelli missed the Bucs' weekend series against the Angels after taking a pitch off his right foot Thursday in Miami. X-rays came up negative for any fractures.
Jun 6 - 3:54 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) remained out of the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

He hasn't played since being hit by a pitch on the right foot on Thursday. Cervelli is considered day-to-day. The Pirates are also sitting Andrew McCutchen and John Jaso, as Chris Stewart, Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez are all in the lineup.

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is not in the Pirates' starting lineup Friday against the Angels.

He's still sore after getting hit by a pitch Thursday against the Marlins. Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate and bat eighth. Jordy Mercer, who missed Friday's game with elbow discomfort, is back in the Pirates' starting nine.
Jun 4 - 3:06 PM

Francisco Cervelli (foot) is not in the Pirates starting lineup on Friday.

Cervelli was hit by a pitch on his foot during Thursday's game and will sit on Friday also as a precautionary measure. Chris Stewart will fill in behind the plate and bat eighth for the Pirates on Friday against Jered Weaver and the Angels.
Jun 3 - 6:28 PM

Francisco Cervelli left Thursday's game against the Marlins with right foot discomfort.

Wei-Yin Chen plunked Cervelli on the foot with a breaking ball in the second inning. Cervelli ran for himself but was replaced behind the plate by Chris Stewart an inning later. He's likely headed for X-rays. Until we hear more, consider Cervelli day-to-day.
Jun 2 - 8:34 PM

Francisco Cervelli is back in the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday versus the Diamondbacks.

Cervelli is in the middle of an ugly offensive slump and was granted back-to-back days of mental and physical rest Tuesday and Wednesday. He will start behind the plate and bat sixth in his return to action Thursday afternoon against Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin. It's a 12:35 p.m. EDT start at PNC Park.
May 26 - 10:17 AM

Francisco Cervelli is out again Wednesday.

It's the second day off in a row for Cervelli, who's batting .193/.277/.211 in 16 games this month. He signed a three-year, $31 million contract extension with the Pirates on May 17. Chris Stewart will start at catcher and bat eighth versus the Diamondbacks.
May 25 - 3:15 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

It's a routine day of maintenance. Chris Stewart will start behind the dish and catch Francisco Liriano.
May 24 - 2:06 PM

Francisco Cervelli is out of the Pirates' starting lineup Thursday night against the Braves.

Chris Stewart will catch Jeff Locke and bat eighth versus Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. It's just a day of rest for Cervelli, who went 0-for-4 on Wednesday.
May 19 - 3:43 PM

Pirates signed C Francisco Cervelli to a three-year, $31 million contract extension.

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that he'll make $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018, and $11.5 million in 2019. Cervelli has been excellent since coming over from the Yankees prior to the 2014 season, putting up a .291/.373/.384 batting line over 163 games with Pittsburgh while also proving valuable behind the plate. The 30-year-old was previously on track to become a free agent after this season, but he's now locked up through 2019.
May 17 - 12:01 PM

Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Reds.

Cervelli has registered two-hit games in three of the last four, raising his overall line to .321/.438/.385. He's still looking for his first homer, but the catcher has 12 RBI and 11 runs scored batting in the middle of the Pirates' lineup.
Apr 30 - 10:46 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Erik Kratz
4Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Adam Frazier
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Jameson Taillon
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6A.J. Schugel
7Ryan Vogelsong
8Kyle Lobstein
9Juan Nicasio