Cervelli exits with left thumb discomfort

Cervelli exits with left thumb discomfort

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli left Monday's 12-6 loss to the Cardinals at PNC Park after four innings due to left thumb discomfort.

Cervelli struck out in the fourth inning and did not return in the fifth, replaced behind the plate by backup Eric Fryer. He appeared to be uncomfortable after that at-bat. He missed time earlier this season due to a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. Cervelli has said his hand will not return to full strength until next year, after he gets a chance to rest and recuperate in the offseason.

Cervelli left the Pirates' clubhouse without speaking to reporters following the game. His left thumb was lightly wrapped.

Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.