Cervelli Back on DL, Bucs Recall Stallings

Pirates catcher goes back on DL just six days after being reinstated.

Noah Hiles
July 14, 2018 - 1:23 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Less than one week from being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list following a concussion, Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is back on the disabled list for seven days due to post concussion symptoms. The roster move was announced by the club just moments before the start of the first game of their double header against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday July 14.

Team Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk spoke to the media about Cervelli's head injury on Saturday saying, “Upon reporting to the stadium today, Francisco reported that he was just not feeling right which initiated our medical staff to take further examination.”

Tomczyk continued saying, “The recommendation was that Francisco was not to be played today or tomorrow. Coupled with the break coming up that will be four days, with all things considered with the double header and most importantly the short and long term health of Francisco himself, it was decided that the seven day was initiated and utilized.”

In the five games that he played since returning from the disabled list on July 8, Cervelli had just one hit in 14 at bats. Prior to the start of his injury problems, Cervelli was having one of his best seasons, hitting a career high nine home runs and leading all major league catchers with a .379 on base percentage.

The Pirates filled Cervelli’s spot on the roster by recalling catcher Jacob Stallings from AAA Indianapolis. In 44 games at AAA this season, Stallings is hitting .293 with a homerun and 26 runs batted in. Stallings has appeared in four games this season for the Pirates where he has one hit in six at bats and has scored one run. With Elias Diaz getting the start in the first game of today’s double header, there is a good chance that Stallings will make his first start of the season for the Bucs.