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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Steve Pearce encouraged by MRI


By on 8/31/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles entered Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Tiwns with a record of 77-56, a comfortable seven and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees in the American League East. The Orioles have been solid all season at the plate and on the mound, ninth in the league in runs scored and 12th in ERA. On the injury front, outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce got some encouraging news, as an MRI on his abdomen revealed only a minor strain.


Our own Pete Schwichtenberg reported yesterday that Pearce left Friday night's game early with an abdominal strain.

An update on Pearce, as reported by David Wilson of MLB.com, is that the MRI confirmed Pearce avoided a much more serious injury like a sports hernia. As it stands, the injury is a mild strain and Pearce is listed as day-to-day.
"It's just what I thought. I just wanted to take care of it before it got out of hand."
Pearce initially felt the injury on Thursday and played through the discomfort until the third inning of Friday's game. Pearce, who has become the Orioles regular first baseman when Manny Machado went down, is enjoying his best season in the Major Leagues. Chris Davis, who had been moved to third base, will return to first base with Pearce out.

Pearce, in his eighth Major League season, is batting .289 with 16 home runs and 37 RBI this season. The veteran has played for the Pirates, Yankees, Astros and Orioles and is a career .252 hitter with 33 home runs and 128 RBI.


 
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