The Braves have strengthened their catching depth by signing Francisco Cervelli, who was released by the Pirates on Thursday.

Cervelli was added to Atlanta’s roster before Saturday night’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. The Braves optioned catcher Alex Jackson to Triple-A Gwinnett and created a 40-man roster spot by transferring left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton to the 60-day disabled list.