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Rangers place A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list

May 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

A.J. Pierzynski AP

A.J. Pierzynski kept insisting that he could avoid the disabled list despite straining his oblique muscle, but as usual baseball players don’t make particularly good doctors and the Rangers have placed him on the DL.

Pierzynski suffered the injury two weeks ago. He sat out two games, played four games, and then sat out four more games before finally being shut down.

Texas called up Robinson Chirinos from Triple-A to replace Pierzynski on the roster, choosing him over fellow catcher Eli Whiteside. Chirinos will back up Geovany Soto, who figures to get nearly all the starts behind the plate until Pierzynski returns.

  1. beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Having Soto in the lineup is really going to be a downgrade. He worked a count full last night, and then proceeded to swing (and miss) at a ball so outside he nearly fell over trying to reach it. The bases were loaded at the time, so that cost a run.

    • eightyraw - May 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      AJ has nearly double the O-swing rate. Who is to say he wouldn’t have chased that same pitch? And since AJ’s O-contact is about 50% greater than Soto’s, maybe he would’ve bounced into a double-play. Soto also made a nice throw that night that saved the Rangers a run. This anecdote doesn’t prove anything either.

      Yes Soto is a downgrade offensively from AJ. But if this DL stint is kept to a minimum AJ will miss just 11 games. The difference will hardly be felt, especially since Soto is an noticeable upgrade defensively (AJ has been a below-average pitch-framer this year according to Ben Lindbergh of BPro).

      • beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        Simple question:

        Between Pierzynski and Soto, who would you prefer in the lineup, if you are managing the Rangers?

      • eightyraw - May 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        What’s the point in asking such an obvious question? An extra 11 days without AJ is not that big of a deal. Soto is more than capable. The difference between the two over a full season is projected to be less than 1 win. So the trade off between AJ and Soto for 15 games will cost the Rangers somewhere around 1 run.

      • beefytrout - May 9, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        I’m an expert. Trust me.

  2. historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    I will be mad disappointed if he’s not playing when the Tigers are in town next week.

    • lewp - May 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I guess you are gonna be mad and disappointed then because I’m hearing 2 weeks

      • historiophiliac - May 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Rats! I wanted to see him when I was in town. :(

      • stex52 - May 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Yeah. Boy, can that sociopath hit!

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