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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Steve Pearce scratched with sore wrist


By on 9/20/2014 06:45:00 PM

The AL East Champion Baltimore Orioles have taken OF/1B Steve Pearce out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Boston Red Sox. The team says it is a precaution as Pearce deals with a sore right wrist, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN. Christian Walker is at first base, batting sixth.

Steve Pearce is hitting .297/.376/.557 (OPS+ 160) with 20 homers and 48 RBI in 98 games, far and away the best season of his eight-year career as a fringy part-time player. Pearce was sidelined for a week with a strained abdomen at the beginning of September.

Steve Pearce

Pearce, 31, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 (5th round), and made his debut September 1, 2007. After never playing more than 60 games in a season, he became a free agent in November 2011 and bounced around the minors for several teams before landing with Baltimore in 2012. The Astros took him off waivers from the O's, the Yankees took him off waivers from the Astros and the O's took him off waivers from the Yankees. After a marginal 2013, he made the 2014 Orioles' roster out of spring training but was released by on April 27;  he re-signed with them two days later. Pearce's offensive production was a major surprise for the Orioles in 2014, and as he is arbitration-eligible he can expect a big raise from his current $700,000 contract.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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