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 was placed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.
Just 10 days after being activated, Pierzynski is headed back to the DL. Pierzynski, who's 39 years old, has seen his play regress this season as he hit a bleak .219/.243/.304 over 81 games. In his place, Blake Lalli was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.
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 suffered a hamstring injury somewhere along the way. Pierzynski will be sidelined at least until Sept. 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.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Brewers.
Coming off a solid 2-for-5 outing Monday, Pierzynski will have the night off as Anthony Recker starts behind the plate for the Braves. Pierzynski has been alternating starts with Recker as of late, so he'll likely return to the lineup for Wednesday night's contest against Milwaukee.
Pierzynski hit a solo home run in a 2-for-5 game in Monday's win over Milwaukee.
Pierzynski has just two home runs all year as the 39-year-old has looked washed up. Even after Monday's big night, he still owns just a .215/.232/.298 batting line on the season.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.
The Braves will roll out the same lineup as Saturday night, with the exception of the veteran Pierzynski, who will get a routine day of rest. Anthony Recker will get the starting nod behind the plate.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Saturday's matchup with Philadelphia.
Pierzynski will get Saturday night's game off after starting Friday, as Anthony Recker fills in behind the dish, batting eighth. After hovering around the .200 mark for most of the season, Pierzynski has fared better in the month of July, slashing .269/.264/.423 with six extra-base hits.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
With Tyler Flowers on the 15-day DL, Pierzynski has been seeing an increased role behind the plate, and although he is hitting just .215 on the season, the 39-year-old has been solid since the All-Star break, hitting .276 with one home run and three RBI.
Pierzynski remains out of the lineup for Saturday's game against Colorado.
With lefty Tyler Anderson on the mound for the Rockies, the Braves will go with right-handed batter Anthony Recker behind the dish and give Pierzynski the night off. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will toe the hill for Colorado in the series finale Sunday, so it's likely Pierzynski will be back out there in that one.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies.
Pierzynski started the first two games of the series for the Braves, but will take a seat in favor of Anthony Recker for Sunday's finale.
Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Rockies.
Pierzynski's first homer of the year gave the Braves a 2-0 lead in a game they'd eventually go on to lose. Despite struggling mightily this year, he's now hit safely in six straight games to move his slash line to .212/.233/.272.
Pierzynski has gone 5-for-20 across seven games in July.
For much of the season, Pierzynski has been Atlanta's primary option at cacher when facing right-handed pitching. With fellow catcher Tyler Flowers dealing with a hand strain, Pierzynski could be in line to see more time behind the plate after the All-Star break. However, this is unlikely to lead to further run production on Pierzynski's behalf. Thus far, he's hitting just .205/.227/.250 and is part of the league's lowest scoring roster, as Atlanta averages just 3.4 runs per game.
Pierzynski is in the lineup and batting sixth for Monday's game against the Reds.
Most of Pierzynski's playing time has come against right-handed pitching this season; he's posted a .218 average with 11 RBI and eight runs in such matchups. He will have an opportunity to do some damage Monday against the Reds' Daniel Wright, who is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA this season.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.
Pierzynski has found himself in nearly an even timeshare with Tyler Flowers this season, but Sunday's decision for manager Brian Snitker was easy, as he'll rest his veteran left-handed bat against southpaw Jon Lester. Instead, Tyler Flowers will be behind the plate for starter John Gant.
Pierzynski is out of the lineup Friday against the Marlins.
As usual, Pierzynski will head to the bench with the Marlins trotting left-hander Adam Conley to the mound. Tyler Flowers will take over behind the plate Friday, and could also garner the start Saturday with lefty Wei-Yin Chen slated to throw for Miami. If the platoon holds up, Pierzynski will likely re-enter the lineup Sunday when right-hander Tommy Koehler takes the ball for the series finale.
Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports.
Despite right-hander Wily Peralta taking the hill for Milwaukee, Pierzynski will get the day off following Wednesday's 13-inning loss in which he caught every inning. Tyler Flowers will fill in for the 39-year-old behind the plate.
Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
Pierzynski has a lot of trouble against left-handers, holding a dreary .125 OPS against them on the season, so it comes as no surprise that he'll take a seat for the series finale with left-hander Jeff Locke taking the ball for Pittsburgh. As usual, Tyler Flowers will fill in behind the plate for him.
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