Francisco Cervelli C PIT 5 days 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.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 week ago

Cervelli went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored Tuesday in Colorado.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perhaps more impressively, he stole his eighth base in nine major-league seasons -- a straight steal with the pitcher (Jorge De La Rosa) simply not paying attention to the runner. Cervelli is batting .313 in 67 at-bats as continues to build upon his strong 2015 while nearing free agency at season's end.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli is not in the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Chalk this up as a regular day off for the primary backstop in Pittsburgh, as Cervelli will rest for a day game directly following an evening contest. Backup Chris Stewart will take over behind the plate to catch starter Francisco Liriano.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli will start at first base and bat fifth Wednesday against San Diego, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wednesday will be Cervelli's seventh-career game at first base, and the second time this season after he played there in the ninth inning Sunday. Utilizing Cervelli at first base allows the Pirates to give him a day off from catching, but keep his bat in the lineup. Chris Stewart will catch in Cervelli's place and bat eighth.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli played the ninth inning of Sunday's game at first base after serving as the team's starting catcher for the first eight innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Bucs' starting backstop entered Sunday with five career games at first base -- he last played the position for the Yankees in 2014. Cervelli has just two extra-base hits to his credit, including a double and triple, but he's batting .342 in 38 at-bats. With prospect Elias Diaz battling an elbow injury which could lead to Tommy John surgery, the Pirates may consider giving Cervelli -- a free agent at year's end -- an extension the 30-year-old desires.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, MLB.com's Adam Berry reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cervelli had been behind the plate in three straight games, but will rest for the afternoon contest directly following a night game. In his stead, Chris Stewart will man the backstop for the second time this season, catching Thursday's starter Gerrit Cole.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI Monday, bringing his season average up to .455.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The catcher has been raging hot at the plate, putting together consecutive three-hit games. In his first stint as an everyday catcher in 2015 Cervelli put up a .295 average with 43 RBI. He's on his way to replicating that season with five RBI through his first 22 at-bats of 2016.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 4 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It looks to be just a routine day off for Cervelli, who has been behind the plate for all four of the Pirates' other games this season. Chris Stewart gets the nod at catcher and will bat eighth in the order.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 4 weeks ago

Cervelli reached base four times Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a walk.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perhaps more impressively, he avoided injury while scoring Pittsburgh's lone run. Cervelli awkwardly jumped around the catcher's glove and then tumbled across home plate. He also took a direct foul ball off his right quad while catching. Cervelli is looking to put back-to-back healthy seasons together as he approaches free agency at the end of 2016.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 month ago

Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and a walk in Wednesday's 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Pirates' starting catcher was behind the plate for all three games of the season-opening sweep, and he got at least one hit in each one. It looks like he's set to deliver another campaign in the mold of last year's -- solid average with minimal power, perhaps accompanied by extra RBI thanks to his promotion to the five-hole in the batting order.