Pierzynski could return by September

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There seemed to be very little good associated with Cleveland and the Sox on Thursday, especially with the 4-2 win by the Indians to take the rubber match of the series. Thanks to A.J. Pierzynski, however, not all was bad.

The catcher took a morning road trip to Cleveland, flying in to meet with specialists at the Cleveland Clinic about his fractured left wrist, and was told that the injury was not severe, leaving the door for him to still try and get off the 15-day disabled list by Sept. 1.

"I'm going to start light, start slow, swinging a lighter bat to get to the full range of motion," Pierzynski said. "I'm probably at about 90 percent range of motion and they want to get back to 100 percent and slowly build up. It's not a rush. I'm not going to come off in a day or two. It's going to be a while, so we have some time to work with this thing and hopefully it works out."

The veteran catcher was forced to go on the DL when he was hit by a Bruce Chen pitch on Friday, and held out Saturday and Sunday. X-rays originally came back negative, so the thought was he would be back after Monday's off day. However, there was still pain on Monday, and that's when a fracture was found. Pierzynski was placed on the DL, retroactive to Saturday.

He was scheduled to come off at the end of the month, but had been saying all along that Sept. 1 was his target date.

"As long as I have full confidence in all the doctors, both at Rush (University Medical Center) and the Cleveland Clinic, that they said I really can't do anything worse to it, so the pain will go away and it won't be a big deal," Pierzynski said.

The nice thing for the Sox is youngster Tyler Flowers has actually been playing well in Pierzynski's absence, and is making an impression not only for the remainder of this season, but moving on into next season.

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