Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is scheduled to begin a brief rehab assignment Sunday before being activated Tuesday. Pierzynski may also play a rehab game Monday, as manager Ron Washington doesn't think he needs a "mental day off" his players usually receive between rehab and major-league appearances.
"I don’t know if I can do that to A.J. and make him sit another day," Washington told the Dallas...
When the Texas Rangers initially placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list with an oblique injury, the veteran backstop was frustrated by the move. However, Pierzynski now admits that he "probably shouldn't have kept playing" through the pain, as he's now revealed that he's been dealing with a torn oblique, not a strain as originally thought.
Even with the tear, Pierzynski is progressing...
Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski (oblique) resumed throwing Sunday and will begin hitting off a tee Monday, according to ESPN. Pierzynski hopes to progress to batting practice Thursday.
Pierzynski said he will be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible May 21.
"I'll be ready when it's time to come off," Pierzynski said.
“A.J. was a monster last season with Chicago, so he gets another 1-year deal where he has to prove his worth. Playing for a Rangers team that will need A.J. to replace Napoli and Josh Hamilton, he should get plenty of opporunities for a big year. Age could be a factor as last season seemed to be a fluke, but those 27 HRs were as consistent as any. It is not likely he will build on those numbers from a year ago, but he can easily duplicate.”