Francisco Cervelli C PIT 6 days ago

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli will start Thursday against the Washington Nationals after missing the last two games because of a wrist injury, according to the team's official website. Cervelli has one hit in five career at-bats against Nationals starter Doug Fister.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli went 2-for-5 with a triple in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.

The triple was Cervelli's second of the season and he's quietly been an excellent replacement for Russell Martin in Pittsburgh this season. He's currently hitting for a .294/.366/.400 slash line and will try and continue this pace after the All-Star break.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli was ejected from Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

The Pirates' catcher was ejected, along with manager Clint Hurdle, for arguing with the home plate umpire following a Mark Reynolds home run. Chris Stewart has replaced Cervelli behind the plate for Saturday's divisional contest.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup Friday against the Cardinals, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Cervelli's day off is likely standard, with catchers receiving more days off than most position players. Chris Stewart also typically catches Gerrit Cole, and that is the case again Friday, he'll bat eighth for the Pirates.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli went 0-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Wednesday.

After missing Tuesday as a late scratch, Cervelli showed that whatever injury forced him to the bench wasn't too severe. The catcher has just 11 hits in his last 56 at-bats to go along with a 2:12 BB:K ratio. Few players will likely benefit as much from the All-Star break as will Cervelli.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli is back in the lineup Wednesday, batting fifth against San Diego's Andrew Cashner.

Cervelli was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup card, but he'll be back in the fold Wednesday to face the right-handed Cashner. Wednesday marks just the eighth time Cervelli has batted fifth in the order this season, and has batted .143 from that spot.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli's scratch from Tuesday's lineup was simply a "manager's decision," Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The timing of Cervelli's scratch -- about an hour before game time -- seemed to indicate an injury was in play, but manager Clint Hurdle's words suggest otherwise. Chris Stewart is now set to start behind the plate and bat eighth against Padres right-hander Tyson Ross.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli was a late scratch Tuesday against the Padres, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

It is not clear why Cervelli was scratched an hour before game time, but make sure he is out of daily lineups Tuesday. Chris Stewart will get the start in his place. Cervelli's status will be updated once the team makes an announcement about why he did not play Tuesday.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians.

Cervelli has made four straight starts behind the plate, but will give way to Chris Stewart, who typically catches Gerrit Cole. This is just a regular day off, and Cervelli should return to the backstop for Monday's series opener against the Padres.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 4 weeks ago

Cervelli went 2-for-4 with his fourth homer of the season Thursday.

Cervelli, who has two homers and nine RBI in his last seven starts, will likely get Friday off after catching both Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. He now sports a .788 OPS in 214 at-bats.