BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates feel that catcher Francisco Cervelli has come into the 2018 season in a different place mentally and physically in order to stay healthy throughout the season.

It’s no secret that Cervelli has dealt with his fair share of health issues throughout his career. He had the reputation of being injury prone before he came to the Pirates from the New York Yankees and he’s done little to dispel that notion in his time in Pittsburgh.

Cervelli played a career-high 130 games in 2015, his first season with the Pirates. Since then, he played 101 games in 2016 and just 81 games in 2017. As can be typical for a catcher, Cervelli has been afflicted by a laundry list of issues.

Just last season, he missed time with left quad inflammation, left wrist inflammation, left...

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