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Rangers place A.J. Pierzynski on DL with strained oblique

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski won't be behind the mask for a while.
Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski won't be behind the mask for a while. USATSI

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Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been forced to the 15-day disabled list because of strained oblique. While oblique injuries tend to linger and defy early time-table estimates, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan notes that Pierzynski's strain is considered to be of the mildest variety.

On the season, the 36-year-old Pierzynski is batting .263/.297/.411 with four home runs in 101 plate appearances. For his career, Pierzynski owns an OPS+ of 95 across parts of 16 seasons.

The Rangers have called up long-time minor-league catcher Robinson Chirinos, age 29, to replace Pierzynski on the active roster. Geovany Soto (.603 OPS in 34 plate appearances this season) will serve as the Rangers' regular catcher in Pierzynski's absence. While the 30-year-old Soto has a solid 101 OPS+ for his career, he hasn't been a productive hitter since 2010.

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