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.
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.