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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher | #15

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/30/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 3 (0) / MIN
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Braves transferred C A.J. Pierzynski to the 60-day disabled list.
The veteran backstop will miss the remainder of the season with his hamstring injury. This was done mainly as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster. It's very likely that Pierzynski's time in Atlanta has come to an end. Sep 17 - 11:36 AM

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Braves placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Pierzynski did have a hamstring injury last month, but it's unlikely he's actually hurt this time around. There were reports Saturday night that Pierzynski was going to retire, and this appears to be a way to get him off the active roster while still allowing him to collect a paycheck. Although nothing will be official until after the season, the 39-year-old's playing career looks to be over. If that's the case, he'll finish with a career .280/.319/.420 batting line and 188 homers across 19 seasons.
Sep 11 - 10:25 AM

A Braves official told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "as far as he knows" A.J. Pierzynski is not retiring right now.

Reports surfaced earlier tonight that Pierznyski was calling it quits. We were always a bit skeptical given Pierzynski's eccentric nature though it wouldn't be a surprise if the 39-year-old retired at the end of the season. The end is near but for now, it appears Pierzynski will keep playing.
Sep 10 - 11:43 PM

Braves activated C A.J. Pierzynski from the 15-day disabled list.

Pierzynski missed exactly 15 days with a left hamstring strain. The veteran catcher returns Thursday to a weak .218/.237/.305 season slash line and two home runs.
Sep 1 - 10:26 AM

A.J. Pierzynski (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

That is when major league rosters expand, so the Braves won't have to make a corresponding move. Pierzynski took batting practice with his Atlanta teammates on Tuesday evening. He's been on the disabled list since August 17 because of a hamstring strain.
Aug 30 - 5:19 PM

Braves placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Tyler Flowers was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Pierzynski, batting .218/.237/.305 this year, will likely be out 3-4 weeks.
Aug 17 - 2:33 PM

A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

Pierzynski connected on a Chad Bettis pitch for the two-run shot in the second inning. It's a bit surprising that it took him 58 games to get his first dinger after Pierzynski hit nine in his first year with the Braves last season. The 39-year-old went 2-for-4 in the game and is batting .212/.233/.272 on the year.
Jul 16 - 11:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

Day game after a night game is a terrific spot to give the veteran backstop a day off. Tyler Flowers will start in his place and bat sixth for the Braves against Adam Morgan and the Phillies.
May 21 - 12:31 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 0-for-2 on Wednesday, leaving him with a .273/.265/.303 line in 33 at-bats this spring.

Tyler Flowers is at .194/.275/.306, so neither catcher has made much of a statement this spring. Odds are that it will be a fairly straight platoon initially, with Pierzynski facing righties and Flowers starting against lefties. Ideally, Flowers would take on more of a share as the year goes along.
Mar 30 - 5:52 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers will share the catching duties for the Braves in 2016.

When asked about it, Pierzynski said that the ideal situation would be to have each catch 80 games. The 39-year-old is coming off a nice season where he slashed .300/.339/.430 with nine homers and 49 RBI in 113 contests. It's discouraging news for his fantasy value if he's only going to play half the time, especially in deeper two-catcher formats.
Feb 14 - 4:51 PM

Braves re-signed C A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Pierzynski enjoyed a surprisingly strong offensive output in 2015, batting .300/.339/.430 with nine home runs and 39 RBI with the Braves. He'll be the team's primary catcher while helping to bring along Christian Bethancourt, the team's catcher of the future.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 04:16:00 PM

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, A.J. Pierzynski and the Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract.

Pierzynski did a nice job with the Braves in 2015, slashing .300/.339/.430 with nine homers and 39 RBI across 407 at-bats. The 38-year-old also reportedly drew some interest from his former Twins club, but he'll be settling down with the Braves once more as the primary starter behind the plate and mentor to youngster Christian Bethancourt. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the deal is worth $3 million.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:31:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Twins are "expected to look to bring back" A.J. Pierzynski.

Pierzynski hit a surprising .300/.339/.430 with nine homers for the Braves this season, so there might be a few clubs interested in him (Heyman adds that Atlanta might want to re-sign him). The 38-year-old began his career with the Twins but hasn't played for them since 2003. Pierzynski would pair with Kurt Suzuki as Minnesota's catching duo.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:43:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski (knee, ankle) will likely be limited to pinch-hitting for the rest of the season.

Pierzynski left Friday's game with a bruised left knee. He's also dealing with an ankle injury. With Christian Bethancourt (thumb) also hurt, Ryan Lavarnway is expected to catch Atlanta's final two games.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:51:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski was lifted from Friday's game against the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on his knee.

The veteran backstop also fouled a ball off his foot before departing. There's a strong chance that he's held out over the final two games of the season, leaving Christian Bethancourt to handle the catching duties.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Anthony Recker
3Blake Lalli
4A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Jace Peterson
3Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Daniel Castro
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Brandon Snyder
3Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3Robert Whalen
4Matt Wisler
5John Gant
6Josh Collmenter
7Tyrell Jenkins
8Williams Perez
9Aaron Blair
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Matt Marksberry
9Jose Ramirez
10Shae Simmons
11Ryan Weber
12Jed Bradley
13Brandon Cunniff
14Joel de la Cruz