Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce receives cortisone shot in wrist, to miss several days

September 20, 2014|By Jon Meoli | The Baltimore Sun

Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce, who was scratched from the lineup before a 7-2 win Saturday night over the Boston Red Sox with soreness in his right wrist, underwent an X-ray and received a cortisone shot, manager Buck Showalter said.

Pearce, who is batting .297 with 20 home runs and 48 RBIs in 98 games this year, said his removal from the lineup was precautionary and that he expects to need “just a couple of days to let it calm down.”

The Orioles "took an X-ray just to make sure there was nothing structurally wrong, and felt good about that,” Showalter said. “I know the doctor went ahead and injected it. … During the season, he'd probably play or take a day [off], but we're going to try to clear as many things up [as possible]. That's one of the good things about being able to know you're in early, is things like Nick [Markakis’ shoulder soreness]. During the season, we probably would have pushed it. Same thing with Stevie.”

Rookie first baseman Christian Walker took Pearce’s spot in the lineup Saturday and hit his first major league home run in the fourth inning. Pearce has a history of wrist issues, including tendinitis last season that limited him to just 44 games with the Orioles.

“It was a little more sore than usual, so I just thought I’d take care of it now,” Pearce said. “It hasn’t been affecting my swing. I’ve been swinging the bat really well the past couple of weeks, but they definitely wanted to take care of it before it started affecting the swing.”

With how late it is in the season, Pearce already had been cutting down on his prodigious batting cage routines.

“Right now, I just want to be ready for the playoffs,” he said.

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