Francisco Cervelli C PIT 9 hours ago

Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The catcher collided with first baseman David Freese on a foul pop-up, with both players falling to the ground. Cervelli, who stayed in the game, batted sixth for his second straight start -- he hit fifth for 35 games before his recent slump. He's 3-for-8 with a double against Friday starter Cole Hamels.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 day ago

Cervelli has just one hit in his last 14 at-bats after celebrating the signing of his three-year, $31-million contract with a three-hit day May 18.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's sat out the last two days, with backup Chris Stewart getting the nod. Manager Clint Hurdle frequently bundles two consecutive off-days for his starters, so it's likely Cervelli returns to the starting lineup Thursday afternoon. He's hitless in six career at-bats against starter Patrick Corbin, but is batting .364 in 44 at-bats during day games in 2016.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 days ago

Cervelli is not in the starting lineup for the Pirates' game against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is the second day in a row that Cervelli will cede the start behind the plate to Chris Stewart. This may be as a result of Cervelli's recent struggles at the plate (one hit in the past week), but there's a good chance that the 30-year-old will still find his way back into the lineup for the series finale Thursday.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 days ago

Cervelli is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Pirates have been giving Cervelli a bit more rest as of late after heavier usage to start the season, so this seems to be a normal day off for the 30-year-old backstop. Chris Stewart will slot in behind the plate and bat eighth to replace Cervelli.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 week ago

Cervelli is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cervelli hasn't gotten a day off since May 10, so manager Clint Hurdle decided to give him some rest for the finale of their series with Atlanta. Chris Stewart will fill in for him behind the plate and bat eighth.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 week ago

Cervelli went 3-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's 12-9 win.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After signing a three-year, $31 million extension with the Pirates earlier in the day, Cervelli kept his nose to the grindstone against the Braves, generating his 10th multi-hit game of the season. His on-base percentage now sits at a robust .393 on the season, making him an ideal middle-of-the-lineup presence behind Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli, who went 0-for-3 with a walk Sunday, caught Gerrit Cole's gem against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pittsburgh's ace pitcher has put up better numbers with backup Chris Stewart (2.60 ERA in 211 IP) behind the plate than Cervelli (3.56 ERA in 91 IP), making Sunday's effort (eight shutout innings) a big deal. Cervelli needs to pick up his performance at the plate -- he's hitting .200 in his last 40 at-bats with no extra-base hits.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli went 1-for-4 with a two-run single off the Cubs' Jake Arrieta on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's hitting a respectable .284 but has a slugging percentage (.333) which is well off last year's .401 mark. Fantasy owners will want to check Cervelli's status prior to Sunday as Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole has pitched better with backup Chris Stewart behind the plate.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli is not in the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cervelli has yet to receive a day off this week, as he's caught five straight games for the Pirates. Cervelli is 4-for-17 over that five-game stretch, but still owns a respectable .780 OPS on the year. Chris Stewart will take over behind the plate Sunday to catch ace hurler Gerrit Cole.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 4 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Pirates' first pitch set for early Sunday afternoon, Cervelli will get the day off while Chris Stewart takes over behind the plate. Cervelli has been one of the more pleasant surprises among catchers this season, slashing .321/.438/.385 with 12 RBI and 16 walks compared to 14 strikeouts. Look for Cervelli to rejoin the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Cubs following his off day.