NEW YORK -- The Orioles needed to make a 25-man roster spot available for trade acquisition Michael Morse on Saturday, and they did so in placing outfielder Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left wrist.
Morse, who was acquired Friday in a trade with the Mariners, joined the club on Saturday in New York. Morse, who arrived from Houston early Saturday morning, wasn’t in the Orioles starting lineup Saturday, but will be available off the bench.
Pearce, who missed 40 days with inflammation in both wrists earlier this season, said he felt a flare up in his left wrist about a week ago.
“It’s about the same [as before],” Pearce said. “It’s good for me to take care of [it]. 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 will report to the club’s spring training facility in Sarasota. Since he hasn’t played in three days, the move is retroactive to August 28, so he will be eligible to return on Sept. 12
Pearce has played in just 38 games this season, primarily against left-handed pitching. He is hitting .241/.328/.361 with three homers and nine RBIs.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Pearce would see a specialist in Florida. Pearce said he will consider surgery in the offseason, but still believes he can return to the club this season.
“It’s been very frustrating,” Pearce said. “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 he’s been cutting down on the number of swings he’s been taking – he said previously that an abundance of swings led to the initial wrist injuries – but the left wrist injury still crept back and the right wrist began showing signs as well.
"Stevie is such a competitor and such a grinder,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “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.”
As for Morse, he said he’s happy to be here. He arrived at the Orioles team hotel in New York around 3:30 a.m. Showalter said he will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.
“To get claimed by Baltimore, for me it’s a great opportunity,” Morse said. “It’s a great ballclub and a great team to be a part of. I’m very excited to be here.”
Morse was working his way around the Orioles clubhouse meeting his new teammates. He played two years with Adam Jones in Seattle and knows Danny Valencia because both are from South Florida.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with flu-like symptoms. That moved Mark Reynolds from first base to third and placed Lyle Overbay at first.
Here are today’s starting lineups:
Nate McLouth LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Wilson Betemit DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Scott Feldman RHP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano DH
Curtis Granderson LF
Mark Reynolds 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Ivan Nova RHP