ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has battled issues with his right oblique for the last few seasons, was out of the lineup Tuesday as Texas manager Ron Washington wanted to give him extra time to rest.
“I decided to see if I give him yesterday and today so we can settle it down a little bit,” Washington said. “It’s nothing he can’t play with. He’s been playing with it for four or five years. I just figured that two days would do it.”
Washington said Pierzynski would be available to pinch hit if needed.
Pierzynski said he’s been dealing with the oblique for the last couple of weeks. He said the key now is to get rid of the bruising in the area so it can heal better. The bruising is related to the treatment and Pierzynski said he’s feeling better.
“Obviously I want to play,” said Pierzynski, who missed a series last year against the Rangers because of the same issue. “It’s killing me not to play, especially this series. But hopefully tomorrow or Thursday I’ll be ready to go.”
Pierzynksi has had his side wrapped for the last week or so. Despite the issue that hampers him during his swing, he’s hitting .295 with four home runs and 11 RBI.
The oblique hasn’t slowed him in the past, as Pierzynski has played in at least 128 games for the last 10 years.
The Rangers started Geovany Soto at catcher Tuesday and Washington wouldn’t rule out Soto starting again Wednesday against Chicago left-hander Chris Sale.