ARLINGTON -- The plan for White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is to return Monday night from a five-game absence because of a mild right oblique strain. Pierzynski will catch Monday and Tuesday night at Target Field, and then have Wednesday afternoon off to give him a two-day break with Thursday's scheduled off-day.
Pierzynski took batting practice Sunday and felt ready to return, originally listed in the starting lineup, according to the catcher. But he was convinced to take another day off by manager Robin Ventura and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider.
"I obviously want to play. I keep telling Robin I want to play. He keeps telling me go away basically," said a smiling Pierzynski. "Yeah, it's kind of like I got another All-Star break here. But at the same time, I see both sides of it and I also understand there's a long way to go.
"Hurting it worse wouldn't do anybody any good. Just get it back to where we are over that hump and I can go four or five or six days in a row if I have to. Robin and everyone know that I can play. But they are trying to be extra cautious with two months left."