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Pierzynski sidelined by bruised left wrist

Pierzynski sidelined by bruised left wrist

Pierzynski sidelined by bruised left wrist
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."

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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.

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