Orioles pregame notes: Steve Pearce begins rehab assignment
By Ryan Baillargeon
The Baltimore Sun|
Aug 20, 2015 | 5:21 PM
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.
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.