|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||3/6/1986|
|Height, Weight||6'1", 210 lbs|
|Nationality||Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of|
Cervelli (concussion) was released by the Pirates on Thursday.
This is a sad situation, as Cervelli's numerous concussions have made his future as a catcher in professional baseball pretty suspect, but his bat doesn't profile at any other position. There was a bit of a controversy earlier in the year when it was reported that Cervelli was going to give up catching, only for the veteran to say that those reports were inaccurate. He has a deal in place to join the Braves, per Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, but it is unclear if it will be a major-league or minor-league deal.
Cervelli (concussion) went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Triple-A action Monday.
He's hitting .375 in 16 minor-league at-bats in his week-plus rehab stint and there's a chance the team could recall him if Elias Diaz (head) is forced to the IL. Cervelli hasn't played for the Pirates since suffering a head injury in May, but he hasn't faced any setbacks while playing for Altoona and Indianapolis over the last week.
Cervelli (concussion) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Cervelli has been sidelined since May 26 with a concussion, but it's encouraging to see his rehab progress after just one appearance with Double-A Altoona. He'll likely still require some time in the minors due to the severity of the injury as well as his past history with concussions, but the 33-year-old is making progress in his recovery.
Cervelli (concussion) is set to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona as a catcher on Sunday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Cervelli has been sidelined since May 26 with a concussion, though he's finally been cleared to begin a rehab assignment, There was talk that he may need to be shut down from catching moving forward after suffering another concussion, but he's not ready to give it up just yet. Considering his lengthy stay on the shelf, Cervelli is expected to require at least a handful of games in the minors to get back up to speed.
Cervelli (concussion) has caught simulated games each of the past two days, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He continues to be symptom free and working back toward all catching-like activities, which is very encouraging," Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said.
Cervelli continues to slowly work his way back from his most recent concussion -- his sixth since 2011 -- which has kept him sidelined since May 25. Though Cervelli indicated about a month ago that his history of head injuries would prompt him to give up catching, he backed away from that stance shortly thereafter. Despite the backstop's positive progress, he remains without a timetable to return from the injured list.