Former catcher Pierzynski designated by Red Sox

Former catcher Pierzynski designated by Red Sox

BOSTON -- The first year with the Red Sox ended before the All-Star break for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who was designated for assignment by the team prior to Wednesday's contest with the White Sox.

"I didn't necessarily see that coming. We know what it's like," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of the Pierzynski move. "When you're a team expected to win, and it doesn't happen, things like that happen. It was shocking when we came in and found that out."

Pierzynski was part of the White Sox from 2005-12, playing a key role on the '05 World Series champions. He also stands as a fan favorite among the club's faithful but doesn't look to be a fit with the current reshaping process being employed by the team.

General manager Rick Hahn declined comment concerning Pierzynski, stating that the team doesn't talk about individuals who may or may not be White Sox players in the future. Catchers Tyler Flowers and Adrian Nieto rank last in the AL with 29 RBIs and second to last with a .591 OPS.

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