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May 07, 2013

Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski not thinking about disabled list

A.J. Pierzynski said that the tightness in his right oblique muscle is no worse that what he experienced last week, and the veteran catcher doesn't think he will need a trip to the 15-day disabled list.

Pierzynski was a late scratch from the Rangers' lineup Tuesday after feeling the muscle tighten during batting practice. Geovany Soto took over, and could also catch Wednesday night to close out the short two-game series at Milwaukee.

An off day Thursday would give Pierzynski another day of rest. He hopes to play Friday at Houston.

"I'll come in tomorrow and see how it feels," he said. "I certainly don't want to go on the DL."

Pierzynski said that he first experienced an injury to his oblique last season, took three days off and was fine the rest of the year. He missed two games last week to rest his oblique, but played in the final four games of the Rangers' homestand.

Should he need a DL stint, Soto would take over the starting job and be backed up by either Eli Whiteside or Robinson Chirinos.  Whiteside is considered the better defensive player, and Chirinos is more productive offensively.

-- Jeff Wilson



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