In light of Yadier Molina’s injury and the team’s recent stuggles, the Cardinals agreed to a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski Friday night.

Pierzynski, a career .282 hitter, was released by Boston earlier this month, and will hopefully provide the team a much needed jolt as the dog days of summer approach.

He was largely unproductive for Boston, hitting only .254 with 4 HRs on the year, but won a Silver Slugger award as recently as 2012 when he hit .278 with 27 HRs and 77 RBI. With Molina possibly out until September, the catcher position became a question mark for the Cardinals, and the team obviously hopes Pierzynski can partially fill the void left by their star catcher.

Backup catcher George Kottaras was released to clear the roster spot for Pierzynski.