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.