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White Sox place Pierzynski on DL

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The White Sox placed A.J. Pierzynski on the disabled list on Tuesday with a fractured left wrist, retroactive to Aug. 13.

The Sox' left-handed hitting catcher is batting .296 with six homers and 39 RBI. It is the first time in the 34-year-old Pierzynski's career that he is on the DL.

The Sox purchased the contract of Donny Lucy from AAA Charlotte. Lucy, 28, is batting .158 with four homers for AAA Charlotte. He is 8-for-30 with one homer in career major league games.

Pierzynski sufferend the injury last Friday when he was hit by a pitch from Royals lefty Bruce Chen.

Pierzynski leads American League catchers in average, games played (103) and innings caught (862 1/3). Tyler Flowers, who has started in Pierzynski's place, is expected to carry most of the load in Pierzynski's absence.

The Sox open a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

"That's the biggest thing is knowing where we're at and we have one of the teams we're chasing in here for a big three-game series,'' Pierzynski said. "That's the hardest part is knowing that. I can't really do anything to help. I can just be here for support and try to help them. Help Flowers and Lucy out as far as catching and that kind of stuff. Other than that, it just stinks you have to sit here and you can't really go out and hit or catch or do anything to help the team."

"Yeah, obviously you never want to go on the DL,'' Pierzynski said. "I've never been on the DL, so I'm obviously upset, angry and frustrated, but at the same time there's nothing I can do. It wasn't like I did something or like I punched something or kicked something or did something stupid, it just happens. An inch here, an inch there, I'm OK. It just hit me in the right spot and hopefully I can come back and be back in 15 days."

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