Francisco Cervelli Leaves Early After Hit-By-Pitch

Catcher Francisco Cervelli left Tuesday night’s game against the Texas Rangers in the second inning after being hit by an Adrian Sampson pitch on the left wrist. He was replaced on the bases by Elias Diaz.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a short time later that Cervelli was removed from the game due to left wrist discomfort. He was being examined and treated by the medical staff.

If Cervelli is injured, the Pirates will be able to bring back Jacob Stallings, who has already caught two games during his rehab stint with Indianapolis. Stallings hit two homers in his first game back. He went on the 10-day injured list on April 21st, though the move was made retroactive to April 18th, so he has been able to return since Sunday.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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