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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||250.00||6.00||.248||29.00||23.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Haren (Career)||16||5||0|| .313||.313||.313|
|vs RHP||76||24||3|| .337|| .487|| .316|
|Last 10 Games|
Braves inquiry about Jonathan Lucroy rebuffed by Brewers
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(5/22/15) With catcher Christian Bethancourt having a poor start to the season, the Braves inquired about Brewers starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the Braves were told he was unavailable.
Bethancourt began the season as the Braves starting catcher, but he was quickly replaced by veteran A.J. Pierzynski after he struggled at and behind the plate.
Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Todd Cunningham out of lineup Thursday
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/21/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers.
Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.
Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.
Braves' Alberto Callaspo, Cameron Maybin starting on Wednesday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(5/13/15) Braves catcher Alberto Callaspo and center fielder Cameron Maybin are in the starting lineup on Wednesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Callaspo will replace A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate while Maybin takes Eric Young's place. Callaspo is hitting .218 with seven RBI in 87 at-bats this season while Maybin is hitting .225 with 12 RBI in 71 at-bats. The Braves are currently the underdogs (+115) against Cincinnati.
Braves sign veteran catcher Wil Nieves to minors deal
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(5/13/15) The Braves have reportedly signed veteran catcher Wil Nieves to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com. Nieves elected free agency after he was designated for assignment by the Padres earlier this month. He had one hit (a home run) in 13 at-bats before being let go.
Nieves will provide the Braves with catching depth. Currently, veteran A.J. Pierzynski and rookie Christian Bethancourt have been sharing time behind the plate for manager Fredi Gonzalez. The two have combined to hit .254 with three home runs so far, with Bethancourt really struggling offensively (he has just nine hits in 52 at-bats).
Braves push C A.J. Pierzynski back to sixth in Monday lineup
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/11/15) Slumping Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is set to bat sixth Monday night in Cincinnati. He had been batting cleanup before his recent struggles at the plate.
Pierzynski, who sat Saturday and Sunday behind Christian Bethancourt, has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats. His average has fallen from .439 to .323 over the last six games.
|2014 summary: Signed to replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a team looking to repeat as World Series champions, A.J. Pierzynski failed to live up to the numbers he put up with the Rangers and White Sox and soon found himself out of work, displaced by an up-and-comer on a surprise non-contender. He moved on to St. Louis, where he filled in for an injured Yadier Molina before settling in as a backup.|
Playing time status: Though always an above-average offensive catcher, Pierzynski saved his best for late in his career, hitting a career-high 27 home runs as a 35-year-old in 2012 and following that up with 17, the third-most of his career, in 2013 -- which makes his decline in 2014 even steeper and more alarming. His backup role late in the year was a precursor of what's to come with rookie Christian Bethancourt expected to get most of the work for the Braves.
2015 outlook: Pierzynski still hits right-handers pretty well, and since he's already blown away far exceeded expectations for age, he could always do it again. Given his projected role, though, he's clearly not mixed-league material to begin the season.
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