A.J. Pierzynski was playing very well for the Texas Rangers up until he hurt his oblique in the end of April. He did try to play through it for a week or two, but ultimately went on the disabled list on May 5.
Pierzynski will be eligible to return from the DL on Tuesday, and it looks like he is right on schedule.
The catcher has taken some hacks off of soft-toss pitching over the last couple of days and is scheduled to take regular batting practice with the Rangers when they return to Arlington Thursday.
Now the oblique is very important in a baseball swing, and there is a possibility that problems could occur when he takes real batting practice (knock on wood). But if all goes well, and it looks like it will, Pierzynski will be sent down to triple-A Round Rock on Sunday and play two games there.
After those two games, the Rangers are expected to call Pierzynski back up, officially remove him from the disabled list and have him ready to play on Tuesday.
The Rangers will be pretty happy to have Pierzynski back because Geovany Soto has not played well. Soto is hitting under the Mendoza line at just .176. And the man who was called up to take Pierzynski’s roster spot, Robinson Chirinos, has only played in two games.
Realistically, Chirinos will be sent down when Pierzynski comes back, which is too bad for the 27-year-old rookie, but he still has time to come up again. If Soto keeps playing this poorly … he wont have to wait to long.