The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday afternoon that both Jameson Taillon and Francisco Cervelli have been activated from the disabled list for tonight’s game. Taillon is the starting pitcher today against the Milwaukee Brewers, while Cervelli is catching him. To make room on the active roster, Chad Kuhl has been optioned to Indianapolis and Erik Kratz has been designated for assignment.
Taillon was given a scheduled break over the All-Star weekend to help limit his innings. He last pitched on June 29th in Seattle, where he allowed one run over six innings. In five starts with the Pirates, he has a 3.86 ERA in 28 innings, with five walks and 21 strikeouts.
Cervelli spent three days on rehab with Indianapolis, catching the entire game on Sunday. He went 4-for-10 at the plate and drew three walks. He last played for the Pirates on June 10th, when he fractured the hamate bone in his left hand, which required surgery.
Kratz replaced Cervelli and played 18 games for the Pirates, hitting .107/.107/.179 in 56 at-bats.
Kuhl made four starts for the Pirates, posting a 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings, with 13 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP. He threw six shutout innings on Sunday against the Nationals.