Pierzynski set to resume baseball activities

Pierzynski set to resume baseball activities

CHICAGO -- A.J. Pierzynski made a brief visit to see a hand specialist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Thursday, seeking another opinion on his fractured left wrist. The backstop was originally checked out at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

"Both sets of doctors were awesome, and they both came to form the same opinion. It was good news," said Pierzynski, who was back at U.S. Cellular Field in time for Thursday's game. "We're going to check it in a week, but hopefully start baseball stuff tomorrow."

The best news for Pierzynski was that he can't do any more damage to the wrist. As for baseball activity, he's going to start slow by swinging a lighter bat to get him from 90 percent range of motion back to 100 percent.

Pierzynski isn't eligible to come off the disabled list -- his first career trip -- until Aug. 28, and he might have to go on a brief Minor League rehab assignment, if all goes well, before returning for a Sept. 2 contest in Detroit.

A cast currently on Pierzynski's left wrist will stay there to protect it from being accidentally hit.

"But I take it off and walk around and it's fine," Pierzynski said. "They actually encourage me to do that and work on the motion. Other than that, keep it on, especially when I'm out and not in a controlled environment."