As someone who doesn’t play every day, Pearce said he essentially swung too much and that hasn’t allowed the wrists to heal. He will not swing a bat for the next few days and see how the wrists respond to the rest.
“When you don’t play every day, you’ve got to stay sharp and get as many hacks as you can,” Pearce said. “That’s just as important. I was kind of taking it to the extreme because I’d go to the tee, in the third inning I’d go warm up, in the fifth inning I’d go hit again and in the seventh inning, I’d probably go hit some more. They literally had to take the bat out of my hand.”
Chris Davis is at designated hitter for the second time in three games. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he wanted to give Davis the day off from first base because it was a day after night game and wanted to take advantage of getting him a day of rest from playing defense on the artificial turf.
On the Orioles' last trip to Canada, Adam Jones hit in the DH spot for a game as he dealt with a sore groin. When Davis hit in the DH spot on Wednesday, he hit two homers and drove in five runs.
Dylan Bundy threw two sessions of 25 throws from 120 feet yesterday. Steve Johnson began a throwing progression today with a 25-pitch session from 60 feet.
Here are today’s lineups:
McLouth 7, Machado 5, Markakis 9, Jones 8, Davis DH, Hardy 6, Ishikawa 3, Flaherty 4, Teagarden 2, Gonzalez 1