CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who left Friday night's game with a bruised left wrist after being hit by a pitch, was not in the starting lineup for Saturday night's contest with the Royals. He is also unlikely to play in Sunday's series finale.
With the Royals starting left-hander Jeff Francis on Sunday and the White Sox having an off-day on Monday, manager Ozzie Guillen said the plan is to have Pierzynski back behind the plate for Tuesday's series opener against the Indians.
"A.J.'s not playing today and I don't expect him to play [Sunday]," Guillen said. "But [Sunday's] a lefty, so it's a little easier. He should be ready for Tuesday's game."
Before leaving Friday's game in the middle of the fifth, Pierzynski recorded the White Sox only hit off Bruce Chen in the left-hander's six innings. The injury-shortened night ended the catcher's streak of four straight multi-hit games. However, his first-inning single extended his overall hitting streak to five games, during which Pierzynski is 11-for-18 (.611).
He was replaced in Saturday's lineup by Tyler Flowers, who made his fourth start since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte after backup catcher Ramon Castro broke his right hand on July 9 against the Twins. Entering Saturday, Flowers was hitting .154 (2-for-13) this season and .150 (6-for-40) in his young career.