Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30
Dan Connnolly of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Steve Pearce's injury:
According to a club source, MRI on Steve Pearce's strained abdomen showed no tears. He is considered day to day.— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) August 30, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles have built up a huge cushion in the American League East, but the team can ill-afford to lose any more core players down the stretch as it prepares for the postseason.
Steve Pearce, who has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the league this year, was taken out of Friday's game against Minnesota. According to Brittany Ghiroli of Orioles.com, the versatile slugger strained his abdominal muscle:
Os announce Pearce injury is a right abdominal strain.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 29, 2014
Ghiroli provided more details after the game:
Pearce will have an MRI tmrw, Buck said.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 30, 2014
Pearce did not injure himself on the catch. Has been dealing w this the past few days.— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 30, 2014
With Manny Machado out for the season following another knee operation and Chris Davis essentially being relegated to a pinch-hitting role thanks to a .684 OPS, Pearce's presence in the lineup was more important than ever.
The 31-year-old veteran is having the best season of his career in 2014. He's hitting a robust .290/.355/.534 with 16 home runs in just 283 at-bats. He's been streaky, with Matthew Pouliot of Rotoworld.com noting on August 20 how the extra-base hits seem to come in bunches:
Steve Pearce has six extra-base hits the last four days after going 28 days without one.— Matthew Pouliot (@matthewpouliot) August 21, 2014
With a seven-game lead over the New York Yankees entering Friday, it would take an epic collapse in September for Buck Showalter's team to miss playing in October. The important thing is to enter the second season with all of your core players ready to go.
Pearce certainly wasn't a player many had high expectations for when the season started, but he's been as valuable as any position player on the team not named Nelson Cruz.
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