The Texas Rangers finally placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15 day disabled list with a strained right abdominal muscle. An MRI confirmed the injury. Pierzynski was hitting .263 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 26 games for the Rangers, who signed him to a one-year contract last December.
Robinson Chirinos will be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock before Friday’s game in Houston.
Chirinos has a .295/.404/.487 line with two home runs in 94 plate appearances with Round Rock. Chirinos was acquired by the Rangers earlier this season for a player to be named later or cash after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Fantasy Play: Losing a catcher for a major-league team is tough and its just as tough for fantasy manager to replace one. J.P. Arencibia, Salvador Perez or Evan Gattis might fill the need until Pierzynski is healthy again. One of the three should be available on waivers in your league depending on the format. Gatiis qualifies for the outfield as well and that’s always a plus.