Jack Hannahan finally ready to join the Reds

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Via Major League Baseball’s official transactions feed

Hannahan underwent shoulder surgery over the offseason and his longer-than-expected recovery cost him the first four months of the 2014 season. The versatile 34-year-old can be a valuable utility infielder down the stretch for the Reds, who are six games out of first place in the National League Central standings at the start of play Sunday. Hannahan has experience at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.