Catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers before Friday’s game at Houston after an MRI exam Wednesday morning revealed a minor strain to his right oblique muscle.
The Rangers will recall Robinson Chirinos from Triple A to take Pierzynski’s roster spot. Chirinos, a better offensive player than fellow Round Rock catcher Eli Whiteside, is on the 40-man roster and can play multiple positions.
The move is retroactive to Monday, and Pierzynski is hopeful that he will be reinstated the first possible day, May 21, even though an oblique strain typically requires two to four weeks to heal.
“I can’t see the future, but I’m planning on that,” said Pierzynski, who will hit the DL for only the second time in his career.
Pierzynski suffered the injury two weeks ago. He missed a third straight game Wednesday and his fifth since April 30, but had played four straight before sitting out Monday.
He said that the discomfort was its worst Sunday, when he struck out four times against Boston, but he noted improvement after being scratched from the lineup Tuesday.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Pierzynski said after the Rangers’ 4-1 victory over Milwaukee. “I’m mad. I’m disappointed with myself that I can’t play through this. It’s just not getting any better. We don’t want this to become something that turns into a month or six weeks.”
Manager Ron Washington said that Geovany Soto will catch the majority of the games while Pierzynski is out. The Rangers are 5-5 when Soto starts at catcher.
-- Jeff Wilson