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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
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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

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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

Francisco Cervelli (foot) plans to work out Tuesday.

Cervelli felt some discomfort in his right foot during a team workout Sunday, but it's nothing serious. He should be ready for the start of Grapefruit League play later this week, though the Pirates figure to ease him into full games. Cervelli has ordered new customized insoles for his cleats.
Feb 20 - 2:02 PM

Francisco Cervelli was removed from Sunday's workout due to discomfort in his right foot.

Cervelli dealt with some soreness in his right foot last season, as well. The Pirates are calling their starting catcher day-to-day for the time being, but this is something that bears watching.
Feb 19 - 12:00 PM

Francisco Cervelli will be on Team Italy's roster for the World Baseball Classic in the spring.

Drew Butera, who recently signed a two-year, $3.8 million extension with the Royals, will also be on the roster and share catching duties with Cervelli. The World Baseball Classic will take place from March 6-22.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 02:35:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 07:09:00 PM

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.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:11:00 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.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:01:00 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.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:51:00 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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 04:45:00 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.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 04:09:00 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.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 06:18:00 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.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 10:47:00 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.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Clay Holmes
9Josh Lindblom
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Pat Light
12Dan Runzler
13Tyler Webb