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Cervelli inching closer to return


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Pirates trainer Bryan Housard and Francisco Cervelli - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Francisco Cervelli is making progress in his recovery from a concussion, but it is not yet clear when he might return to the Pirates’ active roster.

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday before the Pirates played the Braves at Sun Trust Park that Cervelli no longer has concussion symptoms. However, Cervelli has not yet been cleared to begin working out, though that could change when he visits a specialist later this week.

Cervelli has been out since being struck on the back of the head by Joc Pederson’s broken bat in a game May 25 at PNC Park against the Dodgers.

In other injury news:

 Trevor Williams (right side strain) remains on scheduled to make a rehab start for Class AAA Indianapolis on Thursday.

Jameson Taillon (right elbow flexor tendon strain) has increased his range of motion exercises at the Pirates’ spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla., but there is not yet a timetable for when he can begin a throwing program.

Keone Kela (right shoulder inflammation) will start a throwing program either Thursday or Friday in Bradenton.

Jordan Lyles (left hamstring tightness) is expected to throw a bullpen over the weekend when the Pirates play the Marlins in a three-game series at Miami and is on course to be activated from the injured list next week.

Erik Gonzalez (left clavicle fracture) continues to participate in all baseball activities but there is no timeframe yet for when he might start a rehab assignment.

Chris Stratton (right side discomfort) is on a rehab assignment at Indianapolis. He pitched two innings Tuesday in his first outing and is expected to pitch at least a few more times before being activated.

Rookie Davis (right middle finger blister) is making progress but the Pirates aren’t ready to say if he'll be activated when eligible or begin a rehab assignment.

Lonnie Chisenhall (left calf strain) remains at home in North Carolina and is not yet able to exercise.

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