A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 days ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski started four of the last five games behind the plate, but he will be held out Friday with the Braves loading up on right-handed hitters against Cubs lefty Jon Lester. Tyler Flowers will start behind the plate for the Braves on Friday.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 days ago

Pierzynski went 1-for-3 with an RBI to record his 2,000th career hit Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 39-year-old is the 10th catcher in baseball history to reach the 2,000 hit plateau. Over 1,000 of those hits came with the White Sox, but he has at least 100 hits with four other teams as well. Pierzynski is slashing .220/.291/.240 in 50 at-bats this season.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 week ago

Pierzynski is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski has gone 0-for-8 with a pair of strikeouts and an error over the last two games, so he'll get a day off Tuesday to clear his head. Tyler Flowers will start behind the plate in his stead and bat sixth.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineupTuesday against the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski will get the day off in favor of Tyler Flowers. The veteran catcher is off to a slow start in 2016, slashing .156/.229/.188 through nine games.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 4 weeks ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski has started three of the first four games of the season for the Braves, but will sit Sunday in favor of Tyler Flowers behind the plate. Look for manager Fredi Gonzalez continue to be attentive to the usage of his 39-year-old backstop, especially early in the season.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 4 weeks ago

Pierzynski is in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski was given the day off Friday, but he'll be back behind the plate Saturday for his third start of the season. Tyler Flowers, who got the nod Friday, will shift back to the bench.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 month ago

Pierzynski will be the starting catcher on Opening Day versus the Nationals, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This announcement is simply because the Nationals will be starting the right-handed Max Scherzer on Opening Day. Tyler Flowers is slated to start in the second game against left-hander Gio Gonzalez, so it appears that the Braves will be employing them in a platoon, at least for the time being.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 months ago

Pierzynski is 5-for-19 (all singles) with one strikeout and zero walks so far this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran backstop returned to Atlanta on a one-year deal after a bounce-back 2015 campaign, a season in which he hit an even .300 with his best OPS (.769) since 2012. It's not entirely clear how the workload behind the plate will be divvied up in 2016 between Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers, but a relatively even timeshare to start seems likely.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves on Wednesday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Signed by the Braves last offseason as a low-cost placeholder for Christian Bethancourt, Pierzynski ended up batting an even .300 in 407 at-bats, his best mark since 2009. His .339 OBP was his best since 2003. With Bethancourt still not looking ready for a primary role, Pierzynski will presumably serve as the starter again this season while perhaps returning to the middle of the Atlanta batting order.

A.J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pierzynski will not have caught either of Sunday's two games, but should still be available off the bench in an emergency situation. Ryan Lavarnway will man the backstop for the second game of the day.