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Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
With Cervelli out of the lineup, Elias Diaz will start at catcher and hit seventh for Pittsburgh. Cervelli has played in four games since coming off his hand injury on July 19. With the Pirates having Monday off, Cervelli will likely return to his spot behind the plate on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 1 day ago
Cervelli went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Phillies.
The veteran backstop put together his first multi-hit effort since returning from the DL. He's tallied a pair of RBI in those four games as well, and is slashing .257/.366/.296 on the season.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 4 days ago
Cervelli is out of the lineup for Thursday's tilt with Milwaukee, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Cervelli -- just three days returned from a broken hand injury -- will get a rest day as Eric Fryer makes the start behind the dish and bats eighth. Cervelli is 1-for-6 with a run and RBI in two games since his return.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 5 days ago
Cervelli went 0-for-2 with an RBI and his fourth stolen base of the season Tuesday.
The game was Cervelli's first for the Bucs since June 10, when he suffered a broken hamate bone. He's been fitted with a protective device similar to one worn by the Cardinals' Yadier Molina for the last couple seasons. He batted seventh in the lineup and contributed offensively with an opposite-field, sacrifice fly.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 6 days ago
Cervelli (hand) was officially activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Cervelli had been on a rehab stint at Triple-A Indianapolis, but he'll join the Pirates in time for Tuesday's series-opener against Milwaukee. The veteran is in the lineup as the starting catcher, and he'll bat sixth in the order against the Brewers' Junior Guerra.
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GM Neal Huntington said Sunday that Cervelli (hand) will return to Pittsburgh following Sunday's game, with the possibility the backstop comes off the DL on Tuesday.
The general manager stated on his weekly radio show that fellow rehabbing catcher, Elias Diaz, wouldn't be promoted from Double A to Triple A until Cervelli left Triple A for the majors. Diaz was promoted late Sunday afternoon, meaning there's a decent chance Cervelli is activated prior to Tuesday's game against Milwaukee. Huntington warned that Cervelli "looks like a catcher who's been down a month" but that Jung-Ho Kang struggled in his rehab and homered twice in his season debut.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 1 week ago
Cervelli (hand) went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI in his first rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
He's just over four weeks into recovery from a broken hamate bone in his left hand. The injury typically affects power upon return, but Cervelli isn't known for his extra-base hitting ability. Look for the catcher to rejoin the Bucs in another week or so.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 2 weeks ago
Cervelli (hand) is set to begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Cervelli caught 61 pitches from Ryan Vogelsong on July 6 and with an extra week of rest since then, he's set to begin a rehab assignment. He'll head to Triple-A Indianapolis now to complete his hand rehab and could be in line to return to the Pirates in 1-2 weeks. The 30-year-old catcher is slashing .257/.373/.293 over 49 games so far this season.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 3 weeks ago
Cervelli caught 61 pitches from Ryan Vogelsong and took a batting practice session on Tuesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Manager Clint Hurdle says that he feels Cervelli is in a good place with his rehab. Cervelli is on track to return at some point shortly after the All-Star break and regain his full-time catching duties. Before suffering a hand injury, Cervelli was getting on base at a clip of .373 for the Pirates in 167 at-bats.
Francisco CervelliC PIT 1 month ago
Cervelli (hand) had stitches removed from his left hand Friday and completed behind the plate drill work Saturday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Cervelli is now two weeks removed from a broken hamate bone injury but has been making steady progess in his rehab. He commented that he's "building strength" in his hand, allowing him to swing a bat and participate in catching drills. He'll likely ramp up the number and difficulty of baseball activities in the coming weeks and if he doesn't encounter any setbacks, could be ready for a rehab assignment by mid-July.