The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Francisco Cervelli from the 7-day disabled list on Wednesday afternoon and he is starting tonight's game behind the plate. The Pirates sent down right-handed reliever A.J. Schugel to make room for Cervelli on the active roster. For the time being, they will carry three catchers, although that could be short-lived. Prior to this move, they were carrying eight arms in the bullpen.
Cervelli ended up missing the minimum amount of time after going on the disabled list on June 7th. Schugel did not get into a game after being recalled on June 10th....
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