PITTSBURGH — With the stitches out of his right hand, Francisco Cervelli took the opportunity to get some catching drills done at PNC Park Saturday afternoon, just two weeks after he had surgery to remove the broken hook of his hamate bone.

He’s not yet swinging a bat, but it’s an encouraging sign that he feels comfortable catching just a day after having his stitches removed.

“He’s excited,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “When he’s excited, I’m excited.”

Hurdle also feels confident about the long-term prognosis for Cervelli, citing some of his past experiences with hamate injuries.

“I’ve had some minor-league players that have had hamate injuries and they were problematic and I had some big-league players that had them and never had [an issue] again,” he said.

Of course, the t...

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