With Steve Pearce set to undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday, the Orioles’ acquisition of him to bolster their lineup against left-handed pitching was ultimately unsuccessful.
It was a gamble the team knew it was taking.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the club was well aware of physical limitations Pearce had when the returned to Baltimore in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.
“We reviewed the medical and we know Steve Pearce, we had him,” Duquette said. “Unfortunately, he had an injury with us that made things considerably worse than when he came. We had a good idea [of his...