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Still no timetable for Cervelli’s activation

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FRANCISCO CERVELLI - MATT SUNDY / DKPS

MILWAUKEE -- Francisco Cervelli is back working out with the Pirates but when he might be reinstated from the injury list is an open-ended question.

Cervelli took batting practice before Saturday night’s game with the Brewers at Miller Park. He also ran sprints in the outfield earlier in the afternoon.

Doctors cleared Cervelli to resume baseball activities Thursday.

However, there is no word when Cervelli, 34, could begin a rehab assignment in the minor leagues. Cervelli said doctors want to be extra cautious because he has sustained multiple concussions during his 11-year career. He said he has been given more memory tests than in the past.

“The more (concussions) you have, the longer it takes to get better,” Cervelli said. “Some mornings, you wake up and it feels like it’s gone and you’re fine. Then the next day it comes back. It gets a little frustrating but there is nothing you can do but wait.”

Cervelli last played May 25. He was injured when he was struck in the back of his helmet by the barrel of Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson’s broken bat.

Over his career, Cervelli has sustained at least eight concussions. However, he has never had an IL stint last this long.

“It’s no fun. You get bored,” Cervelli said. “There’s only so much I’ve been able to do, just hang out, try to help out in any way I can and be a cheerleader.”

In other injury news:

Chris Archer still felt discomfort in his left hip Saturday, a day after the injury forced him to leave the game against the Brewers in the fourth inning. He will be examined Monday morning by team doctors in Pittsburgh.

That leaves Archer’s status for next scheduled start Wednesday night against the Cubs at PNC Park as questionable. There is a sense around the team that Archer may need at least a brief stay on the IL.

Jordan Lyles was activated from the IL to start Saturday night’s game. He had been out since June 9 with left hamstring tightness.

Geoff Hartlieb was optioned to Class AAA Indianapolis to open a roster spot. The rookie reliever had an 8.10 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 14 appearances.

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