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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||250.00||6.00||.248||29.00||23.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Philadelphia||27||8||0|| .321|| .370|| .296|
|vs Haren (Career)||16||5||0|| .313||.313||.313|
|vs RHP||212||62||6|| .323|| .448|| .292|
|Last 7 Games|
Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(10:16 am ET) Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.
Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.
He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.
Ryan Lavarnway gives A.J. Pierzynski day off for Braves
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(7/26/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, getting a break after starting seven of the last eight.
Replacing him behind the plate is Ryan Lavarnway, who gets his eighth start for the Braves.
Ryan Lavarnway gets nod at catcher for Braves
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(7/21/15) Reserve catcher Ryan Lavarnway will get a rare start Tuesday for the Braves, giving regular catcher A.J. Pierzynski a day off after five straight starts.
This will be Lavarnway's seventh appearance with Atlanta since being acquired from the Orioles, and he is hitting .294 with one homer in the NL, with a five-game hitting streak to his credit.
Ryan Lavarnway replaces A.J. Pierzynski at catcher for Braves
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(7/11/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game. He's started 55 games behind the plate and six of the last seven.
Ryan Lavarnway will get the call in Pierzynski's place, starting for the sixth time of the year.
Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski to start 3 of 4 games against Rockies
|by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer|
|(7/9/15) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski will start three games against the Rockies during their four-game series, per Ajc.com.
Pierzynski will start Thursday, Friday and the series finale on Sunday.
Pierzynski is hitting out of this world as of late. He is 10 for 13 (.769) with three doubles, a home run and two RBI in his last three 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.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/31/15||@ PHI||7:05 pm||David Buchanan|
|8/1/15||@ PHI||7:05 pm||Aaron Nola|
|8/2/15||@ PHI||1:35 pm||Adam Morgan|
|8/3/15||SF||7:10 pm||Matt Cain|
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|8/6/15||MIA||7:10 pm||Mat Latos|