Texas Rangers catcher AJ Pierzynski has been placed on the Disabled List with a strained oblique.
Pierzynski has only appeared on the DL once in his career. In 2011 spent 17 days on the DL because of a fractured wrist after being hit with a pitch.
Pierzynski, 36, spent most of his career in the Chicago White Sox organization. This is his first season with the Rangers.
The 14-year veteran will be able to return to the Rangers lineup May 21.
“I’m mad and disappointed in myself that I can’t play with this,” said Pierzynski. “I’ve played with a lot of things. This hasn’t been getting any better.”
The Rangers promoted Robinson Chirinos from Triple-A Round Rock. Chirinos, 28, played in 20 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. He had 12 hits in 55 at-bats while driving in 7 runs.
Geovany Soto will take the primary catching responsibilities, but Chirinos will likely see some playing time as the Rangers play 11-straight games before Pierzynski is eligible to return.
Pierzynski missed 4 of the last 9 games due to the oblique issue, and has struck out in his last 5 at bats. He started the season well, but has cooled off as of recent. He is hitting .263 with 4 HR and 11 RBI.
Soto, is hitting .233 with only 1 RBI this season in 9 games.
Upcoming Rangers’ schedule:
May 10-12 @ Houston
May 13-15 @ Oakland
May 18-19 Detroit