SEATTLE -- After taking batting practice from bullpen coach Juan Nieves and assistant hitting coach Mike Gellinger before Saturday's game at Safeco Field, A.J. Pierzynski expressed his desire to rejoin the White Sox on Sunday when he becomes eligible to return from the disabled list.
But in an e-mail to MLB.com, general manager Ken Williams explained that Pierzynski needs at-bats. So, the White Sox catcher once again will test his fractured left wrist from Tuesday to Thursday, this time with Triple-A Charlotte, before returning in Detroit this Friday.
"The bottom line is I'm going to go up there and swing at whatever they throw up there, and if I hit it, I hit it. If I don't, I don't," said Pierzynski, who had never been on the disabled list previously in his big league career. "It's not going to change. Will it help me to go? I don't know. I've never done it.
"In my mind, I'm ready to go [on Sunday]. Physically, I feel great. If it was up to me, I would rather use my bullets in a big league game than a rehab game. But it's not my decision, and I'll just do what I'm told."
Manager Ozzie Guillen mentioned that Pierzynski still was feeling a little of the after-effects of the fracture when catching. But Pierzynski has expressed no difficulty, and certainly seemed pleased by his early bat work on Saturday.
"I got a lot of swings in, and I felt good," Pierzynski said.