KANSAS CITY -- Despite strong career numbers against Royals starter Bruce Chen, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was out of the lineup on Wednesday, with Tyler Flowers getting the nod behind the dish.
Pierzynski owns a .417 average in 40 plate appearances against the veteran lefty Chen with two home runs, four RBIs and a pair of walks.
Flowers, though, has hit left-handers well this season. He entered play Wednesday with a .298 average against southpaws, more than .100 points higher than his average against right-handers.
"We're going to need A.J. going down the stretch. It's just better to rest him," manager Robin Ventura said. "We want to make sure he's fresh and ready to play. Tyler's got to stay sharp as well, so it's a good time to do that. ... We're going to have a lot of righties coming up, so not really a spot for Tyler to get in there, matchup-wise."
Pierzynski played in 14 of the team's 16 games this month heading into Wednesday's contest.