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2017: June 22, concussion, 7-day DL; June 7, concussion, 7-day DL; June 2, sinus, missed 2 games; April 30, 2017, foot, missed 4 games.
2016: Sept 7, thumb, missed 1 game; Aug. 11, wrist, missed 1 game; Aug. 2, concussion protocol, missed 2 games; June 11, broken hamate, 15-day DL.
2015: Aug. 26, foot, missed 4 games; June 2, foot, missed 3 games; Sept. 18, leg, missed 1 game; Aug. 25, feet, missed 1 game; July 20, wrist, missed 2 games; May 19, concussion protocol, exited game.
2014: Sept. 2, migraine headaches, missed 14 games; April 14, 2014, hamstring strain, 60-day DL.
2013: July 4, broken finger, sore elbow, 60-day DL; April 26, broken hand 60-day DL; Jan. 7, 2013, whiplash.
2011: Sept. 9, concussion, 15-day DL, missed rest of season; March 2, broken foot, 15-day DL.
2010: April 1, hamstring strain, missed 9 games; March 6, head injury, missed several spring games.
2009: November, concussion, missed one month.
2008: March 8, broken hand, missed six weeks.
Catchers take a beating. It’s part of their job. However, Cervelli has at least eight reported incidents of head trauma. “I think you (media) guys are all well-versed in the uncertainties of head injuries, specifically concussions in sports,” head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said. “There are a lot of contributory factors with concussions. Dizziness, fogginess — those are all symptoms that are real. They’re all symptoms that our doctors are examining and will constantly monitor with any athlete who has a head injury. The doctors in Milwaukee were very accommodating in helping us work though this process. Most importantly, Francisco is back in Pittsburgh getting examined by the doctors who know his health history and who know him the best.”
>>> Second-round pick RHP Steven Jennings signed for a $1.9 million bonus. The team also signed RHP Jake Webb (19th round), C Manny Bejerano (30th), RHP Hector Quinones (32nd round) and RHP Ryan Valdes (33rd round).
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Brewers 4, Pirates 2: Ivan Nova was a bit out of sorts.
Notebook: Cervelli goes back on the DL, but the three-headed catcher monster lives on.
>>> Friday, Pirates at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m., Busch Stadium, St. Louis. TV: Root. Radio: 93.7 FM.
Pirates (33-40): Adam Frazier 7, Josh Harrison 4, Gregory Polanco 9, David Freese 5, Josh Bell 3, Andrew McCutchen 8, Jordy Mercer 6, Chris Stewart 2, RHP Jameson Taillon (3-2, 3.38)
Cardinals (33-38): Matt Carpenter 3, Tommy Pham 8, Stephen Piscotty 9, Jed Gyorko 5, Yadier Molina 2, Jose Martinez 7, Aledmys Diaz 6, Paul DeJong 4, RHP Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.75)
Gamecast: Taillon is coming off arguably his worst start of the season. On Sunday, he gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings vs. the Cubs. … Taillon is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in four road starts this year. … Andrew McCutchen has hit .298 (17 for 57) — nine of those hits went for extra bases, including two home runs — with eight RBI and an .866 OPS vs. Wainwright. … Wainwright is coming off one of the worst starts of his career. On Saturday, he surrendered nine runs in 1.2 innings vs. the Orioles. Three of the seven hits he allowed were home runs. He had allowed just five homers over his first 13 starts this year.
>>> Saturday, Pirates at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m., Busch Stadium, St. Louis. TV: Fox. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Gerrit Cole (5-6, 4.28) Cardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (5-4, 3.33)
>>> Sunday, Pirates at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m., Busch Stadium, St. Louis. TV: ESPN. Radio: 93.7 FM. Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (2-6, 5.46) Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake (5-6, 3.03)
>>> Monday: Off
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.