Free agent A. J. Pierzynski is on his way to St Louis Cardinals after being released by Boston Red Sox a few weeks ago, according to cbssports.com.
Pierzynski, 37, has been signed by the Cardinals to provide experienced cover while star catcher Yadier Molina is out recovering from thumb surgery.
The well-travelled catcher, who won the World Series Championship in 2005 with Chicago White Sox, is infamous for being difficult to manage which may have been the reason behind why the Red Sox released him on July 16.
Cbssports.com confirmed Molina will be missing for 6-10 weeks after an operation on his thumb. The website also commented that the two catchers have opposite batting styles. Molina is seen as a patient hitter while Pierzynski prefers to hack at pitches.
Despite the difference in style, Pierzynski hit a .245 batting average with four home runs in 72 games with Boston Red Sox this season which will be a helpful addition to the Cardinals offensive line-up.
On Friday, St Louis (54-48) slipped down to third, although have an identical season record with Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division.
Both sides are three games behind leaders Milwaukee Brewers but the Cardinals have now lost four on the bounce.
They still have an outside shot of making the play-offs but after losing the huge presence of Molina, it was vital the Cardinals could find sufficient cover.
Before Pierzynski’s arrival Tony Cruz and George Kottaras have filled Molina’s cleats and the pair have done a sufficient job but reinforcements were required.
The catcher is expected to slip straight into the starting line-up for St Louis to help stop the rot against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.