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.
The World Series is often played in near winter-like conditions. The 2008 Series was interrupted by a snowy, wintry mix. The 2012 World Series games in Detroit dipped into the 20s. It’s not uncommon to see players wearing balaclavas and other winter gear during the so-called “Fall Classic.”
Not this year, though. Indeed, this year we’re likely to see record high temperatures for Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium.
As of this moment, WeatherUnderground.com forecasts a high in Los Angeles of 101 degrees for today’s World Series Media Day and highs of 102 and 98 for Games 1 and 2, respectively. First pitch for both games is just after 5PM Pacific time, when the sun will still be blazing. The sun will set about an hour or so in to the game which should cool things off somewhat, but the heat will definitely impact pregame workouts and the early innings. Fans showing up three or more hours before first pitch will do well to prepare themselves for the elements.
The hottest World Series game on record came in Phoenix for Game 1 in 2001 when the mercury stood at 94 degrees at game time. That year Major League Baseball unwisely demanded that the Chase Field roof be left open for the Diamondbacks-Yankees tilt. If there is a Game 6 and/or 7 things will be nicer as the long range forecast shows temperatures in the low 70s by then.
Hydrate well, Dodgers and Astros. Those of us watching from cooler temperatures and/or the comfort of our air conditioned homes will feel really bad for you.