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 the Pirates decide they don’t need three catchers on the roster. In nine appearances, Santana had a 5.87 ERA in 7.2 innings, with 12 strikeouts and a 1.96 WHIP.

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  1. I must say that this, again, sounds like a mistake. Why are we keeping three catchers if we are confident that Cervelli is healthy?
    Why is he not in AAA or in Florida with a Pirates trainer at his side catching for 3 innings and seeing how he responds?

    • Yesterday was a microcosm of that. 2 strikeouts and a tater. Hopefully he can continue to work on things in AAA and get back up soon. Would have still rather seen Bastardo go away.

      • Bastardo is a perfect example of this teams leadership bowing out of real efforts to compete this year.
        You have 5 starters in AAA that could make solid middle reliever options right now all better than him.
        You have 20 better arms from AAA to AA I bet. Throw one in there for petes sake.
        Brault would make a fine option for starts. Carpenter from the Cards started in the pen it’s a good proving ground.
        I’m just saying they’ve called it in already I just hope NH doesn’t waste good prospect capital on a half measure.

        • Bastardo has a lot of experience. He’s owed a lot of money. If he is successful, he could be traded for another asset. If he fails, he will be released and someone will be called up then. This is a building year, with only a slim chance of competing.

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