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Stallings recalled after Cervelli hit in mask again


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Jacob Stallings. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

SAN FRANCISCO — Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis Sunday afternoon while the Pirates monitor Francisco Cervelli's progress after he was removed as a precaution in the fourth inning Saturday.

Cervelli was struck in the mask by a foul ball from Buster Posey in the first inning and remained in the game until he struck out in the fourth. The club later announced he was removed as a precaution, and Clint Hurdle told reporters afterwards Cervelli wanted to stay in the game. Although Cervelli reported to AT&T Park Sunday morning, Hurdle acknowledged Stallings could be added to the roster.

Outfielder Jordan Luplow was optioned to Indianapolis to make room for Stallings, and Kevan Graves, the club's assistant general manager, said on Neal Huntington's weekly radio show that they'll likely carry three catchers for the remainder of the season since rosters expand Sept. 1.

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