By Chris Adamski
CINCINNATI – Francisco Cervelli was asked not once but twice if he believed it would be wise to shut down for a week or two to address the nagging right foot injury that’s kept him out of the lineup the past two days.
Both times, Cervelli has quick – and emphatic – answers.
“No. In the offseason I take a week off. Not now.”
So, no trip to the 10-day disabled list?
“No. Not gonna happen. It’s not gonna happen.”
But that doesn’t mean Cervelli is able to play currently. For the second day in a row, backup Chris Stewart is starting at catcher – and for the second day in a row, the Pirates summoned a catcher from the minor leagues to serve as the backup.
Monday, it was a more conventional and expected alternative – Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Sunday, Single-A backup John Bormann was brought up on an emergency basis. For Diaz, this is his third stint in the majors (he’s appeared in three games – two in September 2015 and one last season). But don’t think he wasn’t just as excited as Bormann.
“Definitely, because here is where I want to be all the time,” Diaz said. “So it’s just as exciting for me.”
>>> Kuhl is cool after taking line drive off his knee
A day after a line drive struck him in Miami, starter Chad Kuhl could still see the indentation of a ball and its stitches in his right knee.
“You can see where it hit,” Kuhl said Monday afternoon.
But Kuhl doesn’t expect to be limited it all by the swelling or lingering pain – and he certainly doesn’t expect to miss his next scheduled start Friday in Pittsburgh.
“I think I’m gonna be fine,” Kuhl said. “Just bruised. I’ll go out there and play catch and see how it feels.”
>>> Freese, Frazier play catch
As manager Clint Hurdle asserted, this isn’t too much of an update on the pair of Pirates infielders who are currently on the disabled list with hamstring strains. But I did take a photo of it, so here it is:
Here are David Freese & Adam Frazier playin catch under the watchful eye of head trainer Todd Tomczyk
Both are on DL pic.twitter.com/7TSnyBjUMX
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“They were going to hit in the cage a little bit and see if they were good enough to hit on the field,” Hurdle said three hours before Monday’s first pitch and an hour after Fraizer and Freese were playing long toss as head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk watched. “Are they getting better? Yeah they’re getting better; I just don’t know where that stands or what that means right now.”
Frazier is eligible to come off the DL on Wednesday; Freese on Friday.
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“Pretty intense pain. I wanted to stay out there, but they took me out.”
“It’s once in a lifetime, for sure. Something I’ll never forget.”
>>> Monday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park. TV: None. Radio: 93.7 FM
Pirates (11-13): Josh Harrison 5, Jordy Mercer 6, Andrew McCutchen 8, Gregory Polanco 7, Jose Osuna 9, Josh Bell 3, Phil Gosselin 4, Chris Stewart 2, RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.60).
Reds (11-13): Billy Hamilton 8, Zack Cozart 6, Joey Votto 3, Adam Duvall 7, Scott Schebler 9, Scooter Gennett 5, Jose Peraza 4, Tucker Barnhart 2, RHP Amir Garrett (2-2, 5.09).
Gamecast: The Reds have owned Cole, who’s gone 0-6 with a 5.44 ERA in eight career starts against them. Five of those outings were at GABP, where Cole is 0-3 with a 4.55 ERA. … Scooter Gennett has gone 8 for 17 (.471) against Cole, but has never driven in a run against him. The Reds’ biggest run-producer vs. Cole is not Joey Votto (two RBI in 15 at-bats), but Eugenio Suarez (three RBI in seven at-bats). … Garrett began him MLB career by tossing 12 straight scoreless innings over his first two starts. David Freese ended that run with a two-run homer in the seventh inning on April 12 at PNC Park. … So far this season, eight Reds have made their MLB debuts. … Rookie pitchers have started 175 of the Reds past 348 games (50.3 percent), including a club-record 110 games in 2015.
>>> Tuesday’s game: Braves at Pirates, 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 7.98)
Reds: Lineup TBA. RHP Scott Feldman (1-2, 3.25)
>>> Wednesday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 7:10 p.m., Great American Ball Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Lineup TBA RHP Jameson Taillon (2-0, 2.08)
Reds: Lineup TBA. RHP Rookie Davis (0-1, 11.17)
>>> Thursday’s game: Reds at Pirates, 12:35 p.m., Great American Ball Park. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates: Lineup TBA. RHP Ivan Nova (3-2, 1.50)
Reds: Lineup TBA. RHP Tim Adelman (0-1, 4.70)
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.