The Pirates activated starter Jameson Taillon and catcher Francisco Cervelli from the disabled list on Tuesday, the club announced. With corresponding roster moves, the Pirates optioned pitcher Chad Kuhl to Triple-A Indianapolis and designated catcher Erik Kratz for assignment.
Taillon, 24, was shut down in early July due to fatigue in his right shoulder. He made five starts, including his major league debut on June 8. Overall, he put up a 3.86 ERA with a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings. At the time of his promotion, Taillon was considered the Pirates’ fourth-best prospect and #49 overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander will start against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Cervelli, 30, suffered a broken left hand in June. He returns with a .257/.373/.293 triple-slash line with five extra-base hits (four doubles and a triple) and 21 RBI in 201 plate appearances. Among catchers with at least 200 PA, Cervelli’s .373 on-base percentage is second-best behind the Nationals’ Wilson Ramos (.380).