AJ Pierzynski, Catcher
After a hot start to the season, new Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski has cooled off in a big way recently, but the Rangers hope a lot of that can be chalked up to a nagging injury the veteran catcher is dealing with.
Pierzynski missed most of the series against the Chicago White Sox last week with an injury to his right oblique and then, depending on which account you believe, basically demanded he play over the weekend against Boston and had an awful game.
After getting Monday night off in Chicago, Pierzynski was all set to start Tuesday's series opener in Milwaukee but was a late scratch in favor of Geovany Soto with the oblique flare up going down as the official reason.
Pierzynski is hoping to return soon, but it's likely manager Ron Washington will sit his veteran backstop again on Wednesday night in Milwaukee and then have the off-day Thursday to get ready for Friday's series opener in Houston.
“I certainly hope not,” Pierzynski told ESPN Dallas when asked if he'd miss much time. “I certainly don’t want to go on the DL.”