FOX Sports officially announced Tuesday that Pierzynski would serve on its broadcast team on a full-time basis during the 2017 MLB season. This likely spells the end of Pierzynski's playing career, which seemed to be a foregone conclusion after he failed to latch on with a team prior to spring training. The 40-year-old, a two-time All-Star, will end his 19-year career with 2,043 hits and 188 homers across stints with the Twins, Giants, White Sox, Rangers, Cardinals, Red Sox and Braves.
Pierzynski (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. This move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster and officially ends Pierzynski's season. It was a disappointing season for the 39-year-old, as he slashed just .219/.243/.304 following a resurgent campaign in 2015. He has not officially announced his retirement, but this may very well be it for Pierzynski.
Pierzynski (hamstring) was activated from the DL on Thursday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Pierzynski missed only the requisite 15 days while battling a strained left hamstring. He'll return to serve as the backup to Tyler Flowers behind the plate over the final month of the regular season.
The Braves placed Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left hamstring. Pierzynski started Tuesday and played a full nine innings, but he appears to have picked a hamstring injury somewhere along the way. Pierzynski will be sidelined at least until September 1, and will leave the catching duties to Tyler Flowers and Anthony Recker for the time being.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals. The 39-year-old catcher will have another day off as Anthony Recker gets the nod to start. In recent contests, the club has been opting to start Recker over Pierzynski, as Recker has been fantastic at the plate and owns a .349/.442/.535 line since the All-Star break.
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