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29 Francisco Cervelli C
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 3/6/1986 | Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $515,350 | Owned/Started%: 20/15 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Pirates' Josh Harrison, Francisco Cervelli return to lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison and catcher Francisco Cervelli each returned to the starting lineup on Friday after getting the day off on Wednesday. Harrison, who had been the Pirates' leadoff hitter, hit from the second spot in the order for the first time this season, while Cervelli was batting seventh for manager Clint Hurdle. 

SS Mercer in, C Cervelli out of Thursday lineup for Pirates


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) One regular has returned, but another is getting a day off Thursday for the Pirates.

Shortstop Jordy Mercer is back in the lineup against the Cubs after being sidelined since Monday with a rib injury. He hopes to bring a hotter bat - he is in a 1-for-15 slump

Meanwhile, starting catcher Francisco Cervelli is catching a break for a day game following a night game. Chris Stewart will squat behind the plate instead.


Pirates C Francisco Cervelli collects two hits Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli has collected two hits in two of his last three games.

Cervelli went 2 for 3 with one walk during Tuesday's loss to the Cubs. Cervelli also collected two RBI during Tuesday's game when he drove in Starling Marte and Neil Walker on a single in the sixth inning. He is now batting .306 with three RBI.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Brewers.

Cervelli has started each of his team's last five games but will catch a break Sunday. Chris Stewart will get the start behind the plate and bat eighth.

The Pirates are heavy favorites (-170) at home Sunday.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli has on-base streak end at 19 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli had his hitting and on-base streaks end with a 0-for-3 performance Wednesday against the Tigers. Cervelli had hit safely in his first six games this season and reached base safely in 19 straight games dating back to last season before Wednesday's hitless performance.

He is batting .304 (7 for 23) with one RBI, two doubles, two runs, one walk and six strikeouts in seven games this season. Cervelli hit .297 with one triple, two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in 15 games during spring training.


Pirates' Francisco Cervelli back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup and batting seventh in Monday's home opener against the Tigers.

Cervelli has picked up at least one hit in each of his first four appearances and is 5 for 14 with one walk, two doubles and one RBI in the early going. He has yet to face Monday starter Anibal Sanchez in his career.

The Pirates are favorites (-135) for Monday's matchup with the Tigers.


Pirates' Cervelli continues to produce at plate, belts fourth spring HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli hit his fourth home run and drove in three runs during Tuesday's spring game against the Tigers. 

Cervelli, who also had two runs, had a two-run homer off David Price during a four-run fourth inning. He added an RBI single off Price in the sixth inning.

Cervelli is batting .344 (11 for 32) with one triple, two doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, seven walks and nine runs in 13 spring games.


Francisco Cervelli hits third homer in four days for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Francisco Cervelli continued his spring power surge for the Pirates on Monday. 

Cervelli hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, capping a day when he went one for two with two walks. 

It was Cervelli's third homer of the spring, all of them coming in the last four days. He had a two-home run game on Friday.

Cervelli has topped three home runs in a season only once, in 2011. Cervelli is hitting .316 this spring. 


Pirates' Hurdle: Francisco Cervelli 'a hungry learner'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Friday that catcher Francisco Cervelli has been "a hungry learner" while preparing for his first camp with the team, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He is a hungry learner right now," Hurdle said. "He's asking questions, having conversations, watching video tape. It's getting the time on the field, behind the plate, watching the ball out of the hand, getting to know the guys."

"In bullpens, I watch every pitch, where the pitch goes and the mechanics," Cervelli said. "I've got to go slow and keep my eyes open."

Cervelli had a great season at the plate in limited action last year, hitting .301/.370/.432 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 146 at-bats with the Yankees.


Pirates, Cervelli come to terms on one-year, $987,500 deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Pirates and catcher Francisco Cervelli avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $987,500 contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Cervelli, who is in his second year of arbitration, made $700,000 in 2014.

The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a November trade with the Yankees. He has a .278 average, .348 on-base percentage, .381 slugging percentage and .729 OPS in 250 MLB games.


Pirates' GM 'very comfortable' with Cervelli, Stewart at catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said he is "very comfortable" with the catcher tandem of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart after failing to re-sign catcher Russell Martin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pirates acquired Cervelli in a trade with the Yankees.

"Francisco was an aggressive acquire for us," Huntington said, "and Chris did a heck of a job for us last year. We feel very comfortable with the defensive side, and we feel Francisco has some bat upside.

"At this point in time, we would feel very comfortable if opening day were tomorrow and this was our catching mix."


Pirates tender 11 arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Pirates have tendered a contract to 11 arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the team's official website. Those players include: Sean Rodriguez, Neil Walker, Francisco Cervelli, Mark Melancon, Chris Stewart, Travis Snider, Pedro Alvarez, Tony Watson, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes and Vance Worley.

Yankees deal Francisco Cervelli to Pirates


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been traded to the Pirates , according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Cervelli turned out a strong season in limited work. The 28-year-old hit .301/.370/.432 over 146 at-bats. Cervelli was limited by a hamstring injury and migraines during the year. The Pirates will send over 27-year-old pitcher Justin Wilson, according to the New York Post. Wilson posted a 4.20 ERA over 60 innings last year. 


Francisco Cervelli returns to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is back in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Cervelli has played just once in September while dealing with migraines. He returns to a .280/.341/.441 line wtih two home runs and 11 RBI in 118 at-bats.


Francisco Cervelli not ready to return Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was held out of the starting lineup Monday night against Tampa Bay.

Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines. He has been pain-free for nearly a week, but has not been cleared to return to the starting lineup. He is hitting .280 with two homers and 11 RBI over 118 at-bats.


Three injured Yankees remain sidelined Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, third baseman Chase Headley and catcher Francisco Cervelli all remain out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

Beltran has been out since Tuesday with an elbow injury that could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Headley is on the mend after being struck on the face by a pitch Thursday. Cervelli hasn't played since Sept. 2 due to migraines.


Francisco Cervelli sidelined by migraines


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is dealing with migraines that were severe enough to keep him out of action Friday and Saturday, but they are not related to his history of concussions, manager Joe Girardi told The Star-Ledger.

"From the neurologist standpoint, it wasn't concussion-related," Girardi said. "I'm a migraine sufferer. They're no fun. Sometimes they come in clusters where you'll get them a couple of days in a row and that's even worse. Most of the days I can take my medicine and I'm OK. But a couple of times I've had to go to the hospital to get rid of them. Hopefully it's something he's going through and he'll get through it."

Cervelli is day to day at this point, though he is not an everyday player anyways, so it is not clear when he is expected back in the lineup. 


Francisco Cervelli provides power in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) The Yankees got a rare boost from catcher Francisco Cervelli Wednesday, though it went to wast in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles.

Cervelli drove in two of the team's three runs with his third-inning home run, and finished the game 1 for 2 with two RBI and a walk. He added a stolen base as well, his first of the season.

Cervelli now has two home runs in 92 at-bats for the Yankees this season, while hitting .293/.356/.467 overall. 


Francisco Cervelli filling in nicely


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has been seeing plenty of playing time recently, with Brian McCann forced into action at first base due to Mark Teixeira's injury.

Cervelli hit safely in his seventh straight game Saturday against the Blue Jays, a 6-4 loss. He went 1 for 2 with a single Saturday, while adding a walk in his sixth straight start.

Cervelli has been mostly limited to reserve work for the Yankees this season, but has been productive when he has played. He is hitting .317/.377/.444 in 22 games.  


Francisco Cervelli has three hits in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli reached base three times Friday, in a 6-5 win over the Twins.

Cervelli went 3 for 4 in the win, with a pair of doubles. However, despite clubbing a pair of doubles, he did not drive in a run, and scored just once in the win.

Cervelli has appeared in 11 games as a reserve catcher for the Yankees, hitting .267/.313/.400 in 30 at-bats.  


Yankees activate Francisco Cervelli, send down John Ryan Murphy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) The Yankees made some changes to their complement of players behind the plate Tuesday, with Francisco Cervelli's return from the disabled list.

Cervelli was activated from the 60-day DL after overcoming a hamstring strain that has kept him out since mid-April. His return pushed John Ryan Murphy to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Murphy hit .286/.308/.365 in 63 at-bats for the Yankees. 


Francisco Cervelli may not be activated until next homestand


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli may not be activated until the team's next homestand on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. Cervelli is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday. He has been sidelined for nearly two months because of a hamstring injury.

Francisco Cervelli eligible to return Friday in Oakland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is eligible to return from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Athletics in Oakland, MLB.com reports. If he is reinstated from the DL, the team will likely send John Ryan Murphy back down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Francisco Cervelli expected to begin rehab Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is expected to join Double-A Trenton to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, MLB.com reports.

Cervelli has missed nearly two months while recovering from a hamstring injury. He owns a .188/.235/.250 line in 16 at-bats over five games.


Francisco Cervelli getting closer to rehab stint


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that catcher Francisco Cervelli is nearing a minor-league rehab assignment. Cervelli has been sidelined since April 15 with a hamstring injury, and has only been limited to extended spring training games.

"We still have to build him up a little more, but I don't think he's like a mile away," Girardi said.