Baltimore Orioles

Orioles pregame updates on Steve Pearce, Chaz Roe and Mike Belfiore

Not a lot from Orioles manager Buck Showalter's pregame press conference, but there are some things worth mentioning.

** Steve Pearce, who is on the disabled list with an oblique injury, took batting practice against live pitching Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla. It went well, Showalter said, but Pearce was hit in the back in the final at-bat by former big leaguer Chris Perez, who is in Sarasota while serving a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test.


That obviously ended Pearce's workout, but if he feels fine Thursday, he'll face live pitching again soon. There is no set timetable for when Pearce will start a rehabilitation assignment.

"If he could get through a couple of days of [live pitching], that could come pretty quick," Showalter said. "Let's see how he recovers from the HBP."


** Right-hander Chaz Roe (right shoulder tendinitis) threw from flat ground Wednesday, the first time the reliever has done that since going on the disabled list Aug. 10.

Showalter said Roe felt fine and will throw from flat ground a few more times before progressing to a mound. He is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, and Showalter said that isn't impossible, though Roe will likely go on a brief rehab assignment before being activated.

"We probably want him to get a couple outings," Showalter said. "Until he gets on the rubber, it's hard to project what the time frame [is]."

Roe had a platelet-rich-plasma injection in the shoulder last week, which often speeds up the healing process. Once he is ready to pitch, Showalter said it doesn't really matter which affiliate Roe joins, but proximity to the big league club will play a part in that decision.

** Catcher Matt Wieters wasn't in the starting lineup Wednesday, but Showalter said he was fine physically after returning Tuesday following a week's absence because of a right hamstring strain. Wieters also absorbed a foul tip to the knee Tuesday, but Showalter said that's not a lingering issue. Wieters has only started at catcher in consecutive games once this season, but the manager said, "I'd be surprised if that didn't happen sometime between now and the end of the season."

** Showalter said there was no update on David Lough's situation. The outfielder was designated for assignment Friday and from that point, the club had 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on Lough. If he clears waivers, he'd be sent to Triple-A Norfolk.

** Triple-A Norfolk announced that former Orioles lefty Mike Belfiore has signed with the organization and been assigned to the Tides. Befiore, 26, was 5-11 with a 5.60 ERA in 22 starts for Detroit's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo.