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Cervelli exits after foul tip to jaw


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Francisco Cervelli. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CHICAGO — Francisco Cervelli was removed in the fourth inning as a precaution after being struck on the jaw with a foul tip against the Cubs Saturday at Wrigley Field.

The potential injury occurred in the third inning when Jason Heyward hit a foul ball that struck Cervelli on his left shoulder and ricocheted to strike him on his left side of his face mask. Cervelli remained in the game and grounded out to lead off the fourth inning before he was replaced by Elias Diaz.

Todd Tomczyk, the Pirates' director of sports medicine, told reporters after the Pirates' 2-0 loss that Cervelli was still being evaluated by the team's medical staff.

"As you saw, it did pretty much simultaneously hit his left shoulder and then the left side of his face mask," Tomczyk said. "He's still being examined by the team physician here and our medical staff, so there's no new information to report at this time."

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