Houston, Texas - The Texas Rangers today officially placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 6, with a strained left oblique muscle.
To replace Pierzynski on the active roster, Texas has recalled catcher Robinson Chirinos (cher-REE-nos) from Triple-A Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League. Chirinos (#61) will be in uniform for tonight's opener of a three-game series in Houston. The right-handed batter is hitting .295 (23-78) with 2 HR and 14 RBI in 23 games with the Express this season. He has started games at catcher (10), DH (6), 3B (5), and 1B (2) and was 5-for-15 in his final five games with Round Rock.
Chirinos was acquired by Texas from Tampa Bay in exchange for cash considerations on April 8 after being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on March 31 when the Rays set their Opening Day roster. He did not play in 2012 after suffering a concussion in spring training when a foul tip struck his mask. Chirinos split 2011 between Durham (AAA) and Tampa Bay, batting .218 (12-55) with one home run and 7 RBI in 20 games in his only major league action. He spent the first 10 years of his pro career in the Cubs organization from 2001-10 before joining Tampa Bay in a trade involving pitcher Matt Garza on January 8, 2011.
Pierzynski, who has been bothered by the oblique injury for the last two weeks, is batting .263 with 4 homers and 11 RBI in 26 games this season. This is just the second time in 14 major league seasons that Pierzynski has been on the DL, the other for a fractured left wrist in 2011 with the White Sox.