Rangers put Pierzynski on 15-day DL

The Texas Rangers placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day
disabled list Wednesday after an MRI exam revealed a strained right
abdominal muscle.

Pierzynski was a late scratch before the Rangers’ game Tuesday
in Milwaukee and sat out again Wednesday after the test.

Pierzynski, 36, was hitting .263 with four home runs and 11 RBIs
in 26 games for the Rangers, who signed him to a one-year contract
last December. The 16-year veteran has been on the disabled list
only one other time in his career, missing 17 games due to a
fractured left wrist in 2011.

With a day off scheduled Thursday, the Rangers are expected to
summon catcher Robinson Chirinos from Triple-A Round Rock before
their next game, Friday at Houston.