A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 13 hours ago

Pierzynski is batting .344 (11-for-32) with one double, two RBI, four walks and one strikeout through 13 spring training games.

Less than a week now before Opening Day, and manager Fredi Gonzalez still hasn't indicated how the playing time behind the plate will be split during the regular season. Christian Bethancourt homered Monday, giving him seven extra-base hits this spring to Pierzysnki's one, but Pierzynski has a 4:1 BB:K while Bethancourt is sitting at 0:7. Given where the Braves are at as an organization, it would make sense if they gave the youngster the majority of the starts early on, though it's still possible Bethancourt and Pierzynski are deployed in a relatively even timeshare.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 3 months ago

Pierzynski agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Pierzynski will give the Braves a veteran presence behind the plate to spell the youngster in Christian Bethancourt. The two figure to share time behind the plate, and the Braves now have the luxury of having both a left-handed and right-handed catcher.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Pierzynski will get the start in place of Yadier Molina, who is sidelined with an oblique injury. Pierzynski will catch John Lackey and bat sixth against Giants starter Tim Hudson.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski will be on the Cardinals' NLCS roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Pierzynski was left off the team's 25-man roster in the NLDS, but he'll take the spot of Sam Freeman this round. He likely won't see a lot of playing time, if any, but his inclusion on the roster is at least noteworthy after his limited playing time down the stretch.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski was not included on the Cardinals' NLDS roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pierzysnki barely played in September, logging all of 14 at-bats after Yadier Molina's return from the DL, so this by no means comes as a surprise. Tony Cruz will serve as the lone backup to Molina in the NLDS, and while Pierzynski could still be an option should the team advance, he may have played his last game with the Cardinals and perhaps in the majors.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski will likely see his playing time dwindle come Friday, when Yadier Molina (thumb) is expected to be activated from the disabled list.

As one of the game's best two-way players, Molina doesn't figure to yield many starts to his backups down the stretch, especially as the Cardinals continue to battle a bevy of teams for a playoff spot. Pierzynski may have to settle for as little as one or no starts per week, if the team doesn't release the veteran outright.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Pirates.

After he started behind the plate Tuesday night, Pierzynski will receive the day off for Wednesday's early start. Tony Cruz will be behind the plate in his place, catching for the third time in four games.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Monday against the Pirates, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Backup Tony Cruz will serve as the catcher Monday for starter John Lackey, as the Cardinals look to fend off the Pirates and gain ground on the NL Central-leading Brewers.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Sunday against the Phillies, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Pierzynski sits Sunday following a 1-for-5 night at the plate in an extended Saturday night game. Tony Cruz gets the start in his place and will bat eighth for the Cardinals.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Friday against the Phillies.

Tony Cruz will step in to catch starter Adam Wainwright, pushing Pierzynski to the bench for the third time in five games. It appears as though the playing time behind the plate for St. Louis will continue to be split fairly evenly.