White Sox lose catcher A.J. Pierzynski to fractured wrist

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X-rays on A.J. Pierzynski’s left wrist initially came back negative after he was hit by a pitch Friday, but he hasn’t played since then and apparently a re-examination showed a fracture.

Pierzynski has been placed on the disabled list, with the White Sox calling up Donny Lucy to take his roster spot. Pierzynski’s backup, Ramon Castro, is already on the DL with a fractured hand and Lucy is a 28-year-old career .241 hitter in the minors, so Chicago will turn to rookie Tyler Flowers as the primary catcher.

Flowers has plenty of offensive upside, bringing lots of power and plate discipline to the table, but the 25-year-old has been held back by his defense behind the plate. No word yet on how long Pierzynski will be out, but missing the remainder of the season is possible.

Brandon Finnegan exits start with apparent injury

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Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan exited Monday afternoon’s start against the Cardinals in the fourth inning with an apparent shoulder injury. He grimaced after throwing a pitch and promptly walked off the field without even trying to throw a warmup pitch. In three-plus innings, Finnegan allowed three runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts on 58 pitches.

Finnegan, 24, was making his first start since April 15. He had been dealing with a strained left trapezius muscle.

The Reds should have more information on Finnegan’s status later tonight. Given how Finnegan acted after throwing his final pitch, a stint on the disabled list looks likely.

Rays acquire Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins

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The Rays have acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Marlins, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The Marlins will receive minor league outfielder Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark. The Rays are expected to assume the remainder of Hechavarria’s $4.35 million salary for the 2017 season.

Hechavarria, 28, has only played in 20 games this season due to an oblique injury. He has mustered a meager .277/.288/.385 triple-slash line with four extra-base hits and six RBI across 67 plate appearances. He still plays decent defense, though, so that may be enough for him to take the everyday shortstop job in Tampa.

Lee, 23, was selected by the Rays in the 12th round of the 2014 draft. This season with Double-A Montgomery, his second stint there, Lee hit .318/.387/.391 over 296 PA.

Clark, 22, was taken in the 15th round of the 2015 draft by the Rays. In his first stint at Single-A in Bowling Green, Clark has a 3.11 ERA with a 50/18 K/BB ratio in 55 innings of work.