Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
3 weeks ago

Cervelli homered and walked two times in three plate appearances Thursday against Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

The catcher hit only one home run in 326 at-bats in 2016, so Thursday's effort has to at least boost Cervelli's confidence a little bit. He was also able to catch, which is important because he missed time early in camp with a sore foot. The Bucs don't seem too concerned about Cervelli's condition, but the true test will come when he tries catching an entire game.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
3 weeks ago

Cervelli (foot) caught two innings and went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cervelli was added to the lineup about an hour before the start of the game. "We were targeting today if everything went well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got good reports on him (Monday), so he's back in play. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." He leads all big league catchers with a .372 OPS over the past three seasons but offers little in the way of power.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
3 weeks ago

Cervelli (foot) will be in the Pirates' lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Elias Diaz was initially scheduled to handle duties behind the dish, but after reevaluating Cervelli following a pregame workouts, the Pirates have opted to hand their No. 1 catcher his first start of the spring. Cervelli experienced foot discomfort earlier in camp that limited his activities for the first few days, but he shouldn't be too far behind the rest of the Pirates' hitters. While the Pirates value the veteran backstop for his pitch framing and defensive polish behind the plate, his fantasy utility is limited mainly to deeper two-catcher formats due to his lack of pop.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
1 month ago

Cervelli (foot) is making progress in his recovery and has been cleared for "modified baseball activities," Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates want Cervelli to work out for them before deciding whether he should play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The progress, nonetheless, is a positive sign going forward and could point to the veteran catcher being ready for Opening Day on April 7. Cervelli missed multiple games last season with foot discomfort, so this is a situation worth monitoring in the coming days.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
1 month ago

Cervelli (foot) was on the field for the start of Tuesday's practice but did not put on his catcher's equipment, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I felt much better," Cervelli said. "I threw, I hit BP in the cage. We're moving forward."

EDGE Analysis

He said the pain in his foot was caused by him practicing without the insole he typically wears. Cervelli still believes he'll be able to play for Italy in the WBC. The Pirates are expected to update his status Wednesday.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
1 month ago

Cervelli, who felt discomfort in his foot, said he plans to workout Tuesday after switching foot inserts, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although we are waiting for the team's official release of Cervelli's status, it should be noted that the catcher believes he will be on the field working out Tuesday. He noted that it wasn't blisters, but simply a pain he is feeling on the bottom of his right foot. There is some cause for concern with this, as he missed several games in 2016 due to a similar right foot soreness, so his status will be monitored as he progresses through spring. If he were to miss extended time, Elias Diaz would likely take over behind the plate for the Buccos.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
1 month ago

The Pirates won't update the prognosis of Cervelli (foot) until Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
1 month ago

Cervelli was removed from the team's workout on Sunday due to right foot discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cervelli is currently being listed as day-to-day, so it doesn't appear that the injury is anything too serious. The veteran catcher is slated to open the season as the Pirates' starting backstop.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
6 months ago

Cervelli (hand) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Cervelli still not fully recovered from the hand injury, the Pirates will unsurprisingly hold out the backstop with the team eliminated from playoff contention. Eric Fryer gets the nod behind the plate for the fourth time in five games.

Francisco Cervelli
C PIT
6 months ago

Cervelli (hand) is not in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

A sore hand will continue to keep Cervelli out of the lineup, with Saturday marking his fourth consecutive absence. While Eric Fryer got the nod behind the plate Friday night, the Pirates will go with Jacob Stallings on Saturday.