Francisco Cervelli Placed on DL Due to Concussion; Jacob Stallings Added to Roster

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.

  • Does this mean that if I show up in Indianapolis tonight with a catcher’s mitt they’ll let me play?

    • Exactly why Pirates signed both Cervelli and Stewart to deals when Diaz was just about ready. Catching is hazardous to one’s health.

      • Wabbit_Season
        June 8, 2017 10:43 am

        And you have to worry about Cervelli’s brain.
        He’s a tough guy, but when it comes to concussion, there is no such thing as not serious.


  • It’s time Diaz becomes the everyday catcher even after corvelli comes back

    • Amen. It is time for Elias Diaz to be the regular catcher. They need his arm to control the running game. And I might add after coming in to work and seeing another fiasco, another blown game, that Rivero needs to be the closer starting tomorrow, Watson is simply not suited for the role. They should also think about getting Kuhl and Glasnow out of the rotation immediately when Taillon is ready, bring up Brault for the other spot or even Kingham. Enough with conceding 2 games every turn through the rotation. And get Neverauskas and Sanatan up to, enough enoguh enough of Wade LeBlanc and Mharinez. Play to win, not to lose. This is looking like a chapter out of 1993 – 2012. Who needs that again!!

      • Actually, I would like to see Cervelli and Diaz split time roughly evenly the remainder of the year to keep Cervelli healthy and ease Diaz in.

        • this^^^^^ a 50/50 split would be ideal. Cervelli has been hitting well all season and keep them both fresh for the playo….nevermind

  • I would love to see Stallings hit enough to become a solid backup.

    • Wabbit_Season
      June 8, 2017 10:41 am

      Agree. I think this player is going to make something of himself. Just does not have the D as in “Diaz.”


  • Did anyone claim Hanson or will he report to Indianapolis not on the 40 man roster?