By Jason Shetler
Multiple outlets are reporting that Francisco Cervelli has sustained a right foot injury, and the Pirates say he will be “day-to-day”. The injury occurred during a workout Sunday morning at Pirate City. No word yet on how Cervelli injured the foot.
The injury bug played a role with Cervelli last year, fracturing a hamate bone in his left hand, which required surgery in June, as well as an injury to his right foot that happened in August.
When healthy, Cervelli has been one of the best on base threats in terms of catchers, posting a .370 OBP in 2015 and a .377 OBP in 2016. He’s also one of the better pitch framers behind the plate. Cervelli is scheduled to play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Pirates will let him participate, given the potential nature of this injury.