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Cervelli out of lineup after getting hit on wrist

Club continuing to evaluate after initial exams don't show any fractures
@adamdberry
May 1, 2019

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Francisco Cervelli may have avoided a significant injury after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the Pirates’ 6-4, 11-inning win over the Rangers on Tuesday night. Cervelli’s initial exams did not show any fractures in his wrist, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk

ARLINGTON -- Catcher Francisco Cervelli may have avoided a significant injury after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the Pirates’ 6-4, 11-inning win over the Rangers on Tuesday night.

Cervelli’s initial exams did not show any fractures in his wrist, director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said. He was seen by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers’ team physician, and the Pirates athletic training staff continued to evaluate Cervelli’s status on Wednesday morning.

“So far, so good,” manager Clint Hurdle said after the Pirates’ 7-5 win on Wednesday. “Just sore.”

It was unclear if the veteran catcher was available in any capacity on Wednesday afternoon. Elias Diaz started the series finale behind the plate.

The Pirates were clearly concerned about Cervelli, because they summoned non-roster catcher Steven Baron to Texas in case they needed a backup behind Diaz. Baron, who signed a Minor League deal with the Pirates and reported to Triple-A Indianapolis after Spring Training, arrived in Pittsburgh’s clubhouse a little more than two hours before first pitch on Wednesday. The Pirates did not make a move to activate him, however, so they were apparently comfortable with Cervelli’s status.

Cervelli was struck by a 92.8-mph sinker from Rangers right-hander Adrian Sampson in the second inning of Tuesday’s game. He immediately recoiled in pain, but he initially stayed in the game after he was examined by head athletic trainer Bryan Housand. A few pitches later, Cervelli left the game.

Jacob Stallings, the third catcher on Pittsburgh’s organizational depth chart, started for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday as part of his Minor League rehab assignment. Stallings, sidelined by a cervical neck strain, caught Monday’s game for Indianapolis.

Injury updates
• Reliever Nick Burdi, on the 10-day injured list with right biceps/elbow pain, will seek a third opinion after being examined by Meister this week. Tomczyk said that Meister expressed “no concerns” regarding Burdi’s elbow or forearm, but they want to further assess the cause of Burdi’s biceps pain.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Burdi’s initial MRI showed a strained biceps tendon and flexor mass. The Pirates have not yet revealed a specific diagnosis of the rookie right-hander’s injuries.

“We are continuing to gather information to come up with an accurate diagnosis,” Tomczyk said.

• Left fielder Corey Dickerson, who had his rehab assignment postponed due to tightness in his strained right shoulder, will have a “very brief period of rest” involving no throwing or hitting, Tomczyk said. Dickerson was nearing the end of his throwing program, but he felt tightness in his throwing shoulder while playing catch from 110 feet.

• Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been diagnosed with a mild left calf strain, an injury that caused the Pirates to pause his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis. Chisenhall, who has been out all season with a fractured right index finger, recently resumed light baseball activities in Pittsburgh.

• Right-hander Chris Archer, on the 10-day IL with right thumb inflammation, has not yet resumed throwing but should do so in the coming days. Tomczyk said the Pirates are “anticipating a minimum” stint on the injured list for Archer, who is eligible to return on Tuesday.

• Right-handed pitching prospect JT Brubaker, currently on the Triple-A Indianapolis roster, will rest for 10-14 days after being diagnosed with a mild forearm strain.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and read his blog.