The Pittsburgh Pirates placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the 7-day disabled list prior to Wednesday’s game and added Jacob Stallings to the 25-man roster.
Cervelli took a foul ball off his mask yesterday and had to leave the game in the ninth inning. The Pirates gave him concussion tests prior to today’s game and decided that he wasn’t able to play. Since the injury was concussion-related, the Pirates were able to play him on the 7-day DL instead of the 10-day.
Stallings had to be added to the 40-man roster prior to the game, taking the spot left vacated when Alen Hanson was designated for assignment. Stallings had two brief stints with the Pirates last year. He was hitting .259/.323/.365 in 24 games in Indianapolis, where he was seeing regular playing time with Elias Diaz in the majors. Indianapolis went 16-1 in his last 17 starts.
Chris Stewart isn’t eligible to come off the disabled list until Friday, so the options were either Stallings or veteran Jackson Williams, who also has two brief stints in the majors during his career.