Cervelli Rejoins Pirates

Pirates get their starting catcher back prior to All Star break.

Noah Hiles
July 08, 2018 - 2:14 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Prior to the start of their game against the Phillies on Sunday, July 8 the Pirates announced they have reactivated veteran catcher Francisco Cervelli off of the 7-day concussion disabled list and sent back up catcher Jacob Stallings down to AAA Indianapolis.

In 55 games this season Cervelli is hitting .257 with 36 runs batted in, seven doubles and a career high nine home runs. Cervelli was originally placed on the disabled list on July 1 after being diagnosed with a concussion.

During his short time in the big leagues this season, Stallings has just one hit in six at bats and has drawn a walk. Stallings is hitting .289 with 14 doubles, a home run and 25 RBI in 42 games at AAA this season. 

While Stallings was called up due to Cervelli being on the disabled list, the club chose to use Elias Diaz behind the plate during their primary starter's absence. Cervelli’s return to the lineup on Sunday ended the 14 consecutive starts that were made by Diaz, which was the most in a row by any Pirates catcher since Russell Martin in 2014. 

This season Pirates' catchers have combined to produce the best on base percentage in all of baseball (.373). Their National League leading 15 home runs and 57 RBI trail only the New York Yankees (20 HR, 61 RBI) for the major league lead in both categories.