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7/12:Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has been beat up this year and recently suffered a concussion, has been taking ground balls at first base and could play there frequently to take some stress off his body and keep him healthy. “To get him a chance to stay in the lineup and not have to catch five, six days a week to stay in the lineup,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “(The Giants’) Buster Posey has been the perfect model for this. To keep a productive bat in the lineup, frees up your second catcher to catching: (Elias) Diaz in our case (if) Cervelli can play some first, is how it could work out. So it’s definitely something we are trying to use moving forward with him.” Cervelli and Elias Diaz have combined for an .853 OPS, which leads all catchers in baseball, and Cervelli has a career-high nine home runs, while his .382 on-base percentage leads all catchers and his .838 OPS is second. Diaz has seven homers while hitting .290. Cervelli has obviously been very valuable to fantasy owners this year, but he's hitting only .091 (1-for-11) since returning from the DL and could use a break from behind the dish. Diaz would become even more intriguing in two-catcher leagues if he plays more often.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBaller
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

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