Cervelli (illness) is starting at catcher and hitting cleanup Tuesday against the Royals. Cervelli has been cleared to rejoin the lineup after missing Monday's series opener with an illness. The backstop is hitting .258/.381/.426 with 11 homers through 97 games this season.
Cervelli was scratched from Monday's lineup against the Royals due to flu-like symptoms. Jacob Stallings will enter the lineup as the Pirates' catcher, batting eighth. It's unclear whether or not Cervelli will be required to miss multiple games.
Cervelli is not in the lineup Sunday against the Brewers. Cervelli started the past two games but only collected one hit in that span and even got ejected Saturday night. He'll get Sunday off to rest, allowing Jacob Stallings to take a turn behind the dish.
Cervelli went 1-for-3 with an RBI double before he was ejected from Saturday's game in Milwaukee. He was tossed for arguing balls and strikes after striking out. Following the game, Cervelli said he was feeling more comfortable at the plate. The double was his first extra-base hit since Aug. 25. The catcher is 3-for-7 with a walk against Sunday starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Cervelli is out of the lineup against St. Louis on Wednesday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Cervelli will head to the bench after starting the first two games of this series as Jacob Stallings gets the nod in his place.
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