Though expected to be no more than a veteran mentor for rookie Christian Bethancourt last season, A.J. Pierzynski instead took over the starting role when the Braves grew disenchanted with their erratic rookie about two weeks in and ended up being one of the lone bright spots on a stripped-down roster. His .300 batting average and .769 OPS were in line with his glory years with the White Sox, and he ended up placing 10th among catchers in Head-to-Head points leagues and 12th in Rotisserie. You wouldn't want to invest too heavily in a 39-year-old catcher in Fantasy, but as Pierzynski has demonstrated time and time again, counting him out in a two-catcher league would be equally unwise.
Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Wednesday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Signed by the Braves last offseason as a low-cost placeholder for Christian Bethancourt, Pierzynski ended up batting an even .300 in 407 at-bats, his best mark since 2009. His .339 OBP was his best since 2003. With Bethancourt still not looking ready for a primary role, Pierzynski will presumably serve as the starter again this season while perhaps returning to the middle of the Atlanta batting order.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. He'll likely be back on the mound for Game 2 to serve as the battery mate for Matt Wisler, but Ryan Lavarnway gets the nod behind the plate for the early game.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (shoulder) is back in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins. Pierzynski missed a start Saturday, but that could very well have been more the left-handed starter on the mound for the Marlins than shoulder troubles for the 38-year-old. He'll bat cleanup as the Braves take on Marlins starter Tom Koehler.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski left Friday's game with a bruised shoulder but could be available for Sunday's game, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Pierzynski was already expected to have the day off Saturday with a left-hander on the mound for the Marlins, but it appears Friday's shoulder injury won't keep him out long. If he sits out Sunday, Christian Bethancourt would likely step in behind the plate for Atlanta. Pierzynski was 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored before leaving the game.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in the lineup Friday against the Phillies. Pierzynski has been alternating starts with Christian Bethancourt for most of the month, a trend that will continue Friday. Bethancourt will get the start behind the plate and bat eighth.