The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Francisco Cervelli from the 10-day disabled list for Monday's game in Philadelphia and optioned reliever Edgar Santana to Indianapolis to make room on the active roster. Cervelli was originally placed on the 7-day DL due to concussion symptoms on June 22nd, then was transferred to the 10-day DL in a paper work move last week. This DL trip followed up a 7-day DL stint earlier in the month, which was also concussion-related.
Santana got his first taste of the big leagues this month. The Pirates called him up despite the fact he was going through a mini-slump for the first time since the 2016 season. The results were not as expected in his first stint with the big club, but he will be back at some point this season, possibly after the All-Star break if...
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