NEW YORK – For the second time this season, Steve Pearce is headed for the disabled list. For a long time on Saturday morning, Pearce sat on a clubhouse couch with a large wrap on his left wrist.
With Michael Morse added to the roster, and the Orioles unwilling to play a man short for a day, Pearce headed to the disabled list with tendinitis, and he’ll be leaving the club shortly to go to Sarasota, Fla. for rehabilitation.
Earlier this season, Pearce missed 40 days with a wrist injury, and with the move retroactive to Wednesday, he’ll be eligible on Sept. 12.
“I hope he can make it back in 12 days,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Pearce is batting .241 in 38 games with three home runs and nine RBIs.
“Stevie is such a competitor and such a grinder. He's a physical guy and not to be carrying everything... He's gone through periods when he feels great, and then because of the work that all guys do to get ready to play, it's just a very repetitious sport, and there's a fine line between it. But we're going to take a look at it with our specialist down there and make sure there's nothing structurally wrong, which we don't think there is,” Showalter said.
Pearce said he has some inflammation, and it’s about the same as the injury he had earlier in the season, but hopes to be back quicker.
“It’s good for me to take care of. The only that’s good for this type of injury is time off. In baseball it kind of stinks because I need my wrist to swing,” Pearce said.
“It’s been very frustrating. I’ve been dealing with it all year and when I started getting into a groove it started to flare up again. It’s probably something I’m going to have to address in the future.”
Pearce said that if doesn’t get better, he’ll look at surgery in the offseason.