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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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The Pirates have shut down Francisco Cervelli (quad) for the remainder of the regular season.
Cervelli suffered a quad injury in late August and the team doesn't want him to push things with only 12 games on the calendar. "The reality is we've run out of time," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. He'll finish the year with a .249/.342/.370 batting line with five homers and 31 RBI over 81 games. His salary jumps to $10.5 million next year. Sep 18 - 4:00 PM

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Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Sunday that Francisco Cervelli (quad) isn't a sure thing to return this season.

Cervelli is determined to return this season and did some some squatting on Friday with that goal in mind, but he's quickly running out of time. The veteran backstop has been sidelined since late August with a quad injury. He's been limited to just 81 games this season.
Sep 18 - 1:45 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) took live batting practice and ran the bases on Wednesday, and could return to the Pirates before the end of the 2017 season.

Cervelli has been on the disabled list since August 26 with the quad injury, and had a setback that changed his expected return date from September 5 to undetermined. That return date is still undetermined, but it looks more likely that he'll get a chance to play after participating on Wednesday.
Sep 13 - 7:02 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) resumed throwing and hitting on Saturday.

And the hope is he will feel well enough to resume running on Monday. Cervelli was supposed to return from the disabled list on September 5, but he suffered a setback with his quad while doing squatting exercises. He's probably at least a week away from activation.
Sep 9 - 5:33 PM

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said that Francisco Cervelli (quad) has hit a plateau in his squatting exercises.

Cervelli was initially expected to be activated from the disabled list on September 5, but he is not physically ready to catch as of yet. He landed on the disabled list with left quad irritation on August 26. At this juncture, it is unclear when Cervelli might be able to return to action with the Pirates.
Sep 6 - 4:35 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) took part in light baseball activities on Wednesday.

Cervelli played catch, jogged and hit in the cage prior to Wednesday's game against the Cubs. He was placed on the disabled list with left quad irritation on August 26, but is expected to be activated on September 5 after the minimum ten days have passed.
Aug 30 - 9:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) expects to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible on September 5.

Cervelli lasted three innings after returning from the DL on Friday, going down with a new injury. It's good that he expects to be back soon, but we probably can't etch it in stone.
Aug 27 - 11:28 AM

Pirates placed C Francisco Cervelli on the 10-day disabled list with left quad irritation.

Cervelli just returned from a wrist injury Friday, only to suffer a quad injury in his first game back. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Chris Stewart and Elias Diaz will share catching duties for the Pirates for the time being.
Aug 26 - 6:07 PM

Francisco Cervelli (quad) is not in the Pirates' lineup Saturday.

Cervelli returned from a wrist injury Friday, only to exit his first game back with a sore left quad. He's hoping to avoid another DL stint. Chris Stewart is catching Saturday.
Aug 26 - 4:40 PM

Francisco Cervelli exited Friday's game against the Reds with left quad discomfort.

Cervelli was making his return from the disabled list on Friday, but he lasted just three innings before being pulled. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Aug 26 - 12:46 AM

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

No word yet on what exactly happened, but Cervelli didn't look comfortable while running around the bases. It was his first game back in the lineup after returning from a wrist issue. Expect the Pirates to provide an update on his status shortly.
Aug 25 - 8:03 PM

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

Cervelli swung a bat the last two days without issue, clearing the way for his return to action. He missed just one day over the minimum with left wrist inflammation.
Aug 25 - 3:46 PM

Francisco Cervelli (wrist) swung the bat on Wednesday.

He's slated for another workout Thursday and looks to be close to a return. Cervelli landed on the disabled list on August 17 with left wrist inflammation. Health has been an issue throughout the campaign for the backstop, who has now been placed on the DL on three separate occasions.
Aug 23 - 4:22 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Elias Diaz
3Jacob Stallings
1B1Josh Bell
2B1Josh Harrison
2Sean Rodriguez
3Max Moroff
4Chris Bostick
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1David Freese
2Jung Ho Kang
LF1Starling Marte
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Austin Meadows
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
4Jordan Luplow
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
6Tyler Glasnow
7Jordan Milbrath
8Luis Escobar
9Dario Agrazal
Relief Pitcher
R1Felipe Rivero
2Daniel Hudson
3George Kontos
4A.J. Schugel
5Johnny Barbato
6Dovydas Neverauskas
7Steven Brault
8Nik Turley
9Edgar Santana
10Jack Leathersich
11Nick Burdi
12Richard Rodriguez