Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski misses game with injury
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org April 30, 2013 10:49PM
The facts: 7:05 p.m.,
Ch. 26, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The pitchers: Chris Sale (2-2, 4.09) vs. Nick
Tepesch (2-1, 2.53).
Updated: June 2, 2013 6:35AM
ARLINGTON, Texas — The only reunion with A.J. Pierzynski was before and after the White Sox game against the Rangers on Tuesday. Pierzynski has a right oblique issue that kept him out of the lineup. The former Sox catcher could miss Wednesday’s game, too.
“There’s no doubt I want to play,’’ Pierzynski said. “It’s killing me not to play, especially for this series.”
Sitting in the Rangers’ clubhouse, Pierzynski had just come out of a meeting with Rangers pitchers going over Sox hitters.
“It was weird sitting in a pitcher’s meeting and going over the White Sox lineup instead of going the other way.’’
Pierzynski was hoping the Sox would re-sign him last offseason but it wasn’t in their plans. He has since settled in and is batting .295 with four homers and 11 RBI. When the Sox played the Rangers during spring training, he was all business.
“When they come up to hit, I’m sure I’ll say hello to them but it’s not like we are going to have time to have a full conversation up there,’’ he said. “I’ll see them after the game I’m sure and before the game on the field for BP.”
Jeff Keppinger (back spasms), who hasn’t played since Thursday, was available Tuesday and hopes to be in the lineup Wednesday.
◆ Jordan Danks was a late scratch because of inflammation in the bursa sac behind his right knee. Dewayne Wise started in his place in center field and went 4-for-4 with a home run.
◆ Second baseman Gordon Beckham (hamate bone) had stitches removed and swung a bat.
◆ Dayan Viciedo took 25 flips to test his left oblique. He said it feels much better, but Adam Dunn has a word of caution after experiencing that injury last season.
“I’m not a doctor but going through what I did last year with it, the day you think you’re ready, take another week,’’ Dunn said.
Right-handed hitting outfielder Casper Wells, acquired in a trade from the Oakland A’s on Monday night, is with his fourth team this month.
The Sox were short on left-handed hitting going into the season. Now they don’t have enough right-handed hitters because of injuries. Brandon Short was the only right-handed hitting outfielder in Class AAA.