Steve Pearce of the Orioles scores in the fifth inning on a triple by Ryan Flaherty against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 1, 2015 in Houston.
Steve Pearce of the Orioles scores in the fifth inning on a triple by Ryan Flaherty against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 1, 2015 in Houston. (Bob Levey / Getty Images)

Infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce began his rehabilitation assignment Thursday, starting at designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. Pearce, who has been on the disabled list since July 22 with a strained left oblique, went 1-for-4 with a strikeout from the leadoff spot.

Manager Buck Showalter said Pearce "stung the ball" and had three solid at-bats. Showalter said the plan is for Pearce to play three innings in left field, three innings in right and three innings at first base Friday. If Pearce doesn't have any problems, he will fly back to Baltimore to play in minor league games locally Saturday and Sunday.

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The Orioles start a seven-game road trip in Kansas City on Monday, though Pearce won't likely join them initially.

"That's a little bit of a push, but I'm not going to say it's outside the realm of possibility," Showalter said.

-- Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow stiffness) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday and didn't have any problems.

-- Showalter said right-hander Tyler Wilson (hamstring) is progressing well and should be on the mound shortly.

-- Double-A Bowie shortstop Ozzie Martinez, who Showalter said the organization originally thought was done for the year with a hand injury, is close to returning to the Baysox.

-- Low-A Delmarva catcher Jonah Heim, who hasn't played since May 26 with a left foot injury, has resumed taking batting practice.

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