A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 3 hours ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Friday against the Brewers.

This would seem to just be a standard day off for Pierzynski. Alex Wood was scratched and Eric Stults will make the start Friday, so the Braves may have opted to go with the defensive-minded Christian Bethancourt to try to lessen the downgrade at pitcher.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 day ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.

Pierzynski will get the day off following an 0-for-3 night at the plate Wednesday and four straight starts. Christian Bethancourt will start behind the dish Thursday, bating eighth for the Braves.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 week ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Pierzynski will sit in favor of Christian Bethancourt for a second straight game and for the fourth time in six games. The dip in playing time has coincided with Pierzynski's bat cooling -- he's gone just 4-for-29 with zero extra-base hits to begin May.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 week ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Pierzynski will sit in favor of Christian Bethancourt for a second straight game and for the fourth time in six games. The dip in playing time has coincided with Pierzynski's bat cooling -- he's gone just 4-for-29 with zero extra-base hits to begin May.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 week ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Pierzysnki will give way to Christian Bethancourt behind the plate after an 0-for-5 showing in Tuesday's loss. While the 38-year-old Pierzynski does still seem to have a slight leg up in terms of playing time, he's just 4-for-29 to begin May and it's possible he and Bethancourt could be used in a more even timeshare moving forward.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals.

Pierzynski is starting to lose steam from his hot start to the season, and Christian Bethancourt is beginning to take back starts as a result. A 1-for-12 showing over his last four games has dropped Pierzynski's batting average to .323, and it should only plunge further from here. Those who rostered him after the impressive early-season production should begin to explore other options at catcher.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Nationals, David O'Brien of the Atkabta Journal-Constitution reports.

Pierzynski hasn't seen that many games as a regular for the Braves, starting 17 out of 29 games for them despite raking with a .323/.356/.508 slash line. Defensive specialist Christian Bethancourt will get the start instead against Doug Fister.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Wednesday.

This is just a standard day off for Pierzynski, who has started four of the last five games for Atlanta. Christian Bethancourt will get the start at catcher and hit sixth Wednesday.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 3 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

It looks like a fairly routine rest for Pierzynski, who was behind the plate for the first two games of the series. The 38-year-old has been a pleasant surprise for the Braves with three homers, 14 RBI, and a .400 on-base percentage over 60 plate appearances, but his advancing age and .340 BABIP make him a prime regression candidate as the season wears on.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 3 weeks ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds.

Pierzynski will give way to Christian Bethancourt after starting three straight and seven of the team's last eight games. The 38-year-old Pierzynski has now hit safely in 12 straight games to begin the season, with three home runs and 14 RBI, and it appears he will continue to not only serve as the primary option behind the plate but also as the Braves' cleanup hitter when in the lineup.