Manager Clint Hurdle said following Friday's game that Cervelli is dealing with right foot discomfort, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. The initial diagnosis of the injury that forced Cervelli from Friday's appears promising, but Cervelli needed to be helped off the field and refused to comment on his setback, so he could still miss time. The Pirates' lineup for Saturday's game should shed more light on Cervelli's status if the Pirates don't provide further details before.
Cervelli was removed from Friday's game in the eighth inning after being struck on the right foot by a pitch while catching, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It's not entirely clear what type of setback Cervelli is dealing with, but he had to be helped off the field and could not put any weight on his right foot. Expect his status to be updated when more details become available.
Cervelli is batting .300 (6-for-20) since returning from a broken hamate bone injury. While the small sample size looks good, it's clear that he's still working his way back. Cervelli has already struck out six times and hasn't looked comfortable at the plate.
Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies. With Cervelli out of the lineup, Elias Diaz will start at catcher and hit seventh for Pittsburgh. Cervelli has played in four games since coming off his hand injury on July 19. With the Pirates having Monday off, Cervelli will likely return to his spot behind the plate on Tuesday against the Mariners.
Cervelli went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Phillies. The veteran backstop put together his first multi-hit effort since returning from the DL. He's tallied a pair of RBI in those four games as well, and is slashing .257/.366/.296 on the season.