The Atlanta Braves announced on Sunday that they have placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained hamstring. The move likely means that Pierzynski has played his last game in a Braves uniform.
Braves place catcher AJ Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list (strained left hamstring) & select catcher Blake Lalli from @GwinnettBraves.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 11, 2016
There were retirement rumors circulating around Pierzynski following Saturday’s walk-off win against the Mets. There has been no retirement announcement made and one doesn’t appear to be forthcoming any time soon, but nevertheless it appears that Pierzynski’s season may be over.
Pierzynski put up a solid 2015 campaign in an Atlanta uniform but struggled this season hitting a career-low .219 in 80 games with the Braves. He has played in over 2000 major league games has put up nearly 23 fWAR in his career.
The Braves called up catcher Blake Lalli to take Pierzynski’s place on the active roster. Lalli was hitting .256 in 109 games for Triple-A Gwinnett this season.