A. J. Pierzynski C/DH STL 25 Days

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/DH STL 26 Days

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/DH STL 28 Days

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/DH STL 29 Days

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.

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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.

A. J. Pierzynski C/DH STL 1 Month

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres.

Pierzynski seems to have settled into a timeshare with Tony Cruz, as Cruz will have caught four of the last eight games for the Cardinals. The 37-year-old Pierzynski does have two multi-hit games so far in August, and has one home run since being acquired by St. Louis in late-July.

A. J. Pierzynski C/DH STL 1 Month

Pierzysnki is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Pierzynski will sit for the third time five games, and it seems he and Tony Cruz may continue to alternate starts for the foreseeable future.

A. J. Pierzynski C/DH STL 1 Month

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, FOX Sports Midwest reports.

Pierzynski will head back to the bench after just two straight starts, with Tony Cruz catching and Matt Carpenter serving as the DH against right-hander Kevin Gausman. In 10 games since joining St. Louis, Pierzynski is 10-for-35 with a double, a homer and five RBI.

A. J. Pierzynski C/DH STL 1 Month

Pierzynski went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Friday's 12-2 loss to the Orioles.

Pierzynski continues to swing the bat well for the Cardinals. Since being signed back on July 25 to replace Yadier Molina (thumb) as the starting catcher, the 37-year-old veteran has hit .313 (10-for-32) with one home run, four RBI and four runs scored.

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Pierzynski is out of the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.

After starting three straight for the Red Birds, Pierzynski will take a seat in favor of Tony Cruz. The 37-year-old backstop had been riding a three-game hit streak, but has just one extra-base hit since joining the Cardinals.