BALTIMORE -- A.J. Pierzynski's absence from Sunday afternoon's lineup vs. the O's simply was a scheduled day off, according to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Pierzynski reported no residual pain or bad side effects from tweaking his left ankle in the seventh inning of Saturday's 4-2 victory, rolling his ankle on the base when he failed to slide upon taking third on his game-tying double to right.
"Hopefully he can play in an emergency," said Guillen of his starting catcher. "He told me he should be out there. He has some color out there [in the ankle], but he should be playing [Monday]."
Guillen was looking at the play at the plate on Alexei Ramirez when Pierzynski stumbled and then fell on his back side.
"It caught him by surprise when the catcher threw the ball to third base," Guillen said. "I think that's what happened."