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A.J. Pierzynski to the disabled list, Robinson Chirinos being recalled

The Rangers are putting their starting catcher on the d.l., and recalling a versatile catcher from AAA to take his place

Robinson Chirinos
Robinson Chirinos

Per various reports on Twitter, the Rangers are placing catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list due to an oblique strain.

To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers are apparently recalling catcher Robinson Chirinos from AAA Round Rock.

Pierzynski, 36, was signed by the Rangers to a one year deal this past offseason, and has been the Rangers' primary catcher this season, appearing in 26 games. He has missed the past three games due to the oblique problem. Pierzynski is hitting .263/.297/.411 on the year.

Chirinos was acquired by the Rangers earlier this season for a player to be named later or cash after he was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays. Chirinos, 28, spent all of last season on the 60 day d.l. for the Rays as a result of a concussion suffered in spring training. Chirinos is hitting .295/.404/.487 in Round Rock in 94 plate appearances, while seeing time at catcher, first base, and third base.