KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Steve Pearce took a flight from Baltimore this morning, and he was activated from the disabled list. Pearce had been out since July 19 with a strained left oblique muscle.
“I never had one before. This is the first one I’ve ever had. From what I’ve been told, I met every requirement. I was always right on schedule the whole time, so I didn’t have any setbacks or anything like that,” Pearce said.
Pearce was told on Sunday after he played for Bowie that he was coming back. He played two games for Gulf Coast and two more for the Baysox and estimated he got about 25 at-bats.
On Sunday, manager Buck Showalter said that Pearce needed to play a full nine innings before he returned, and he did that with Bowie.
“Yesterday, the game was over in two hours. I think it was the fastest game I’ve ever been a part of. I played first base, I played left and right. I did what I was able to do. I did what I felt like I needed to do to get here and feel like I was ready,” Pearce said.
“There were some new faces around here, but we still got a lot of guys here. I’m ready to start this last month, this last push and hopefully everyone gets together, we all jell together and make a good run,” Pearce said.
Pearce is here while J.J. Hardy has gone on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.
Ryan Flaherty is expected to get most of the playing time with Hardy out.
“Someone's got to fill the void. This time of the year it's about winning games,” Flaherty said.
“Obviously, he's a huge part. Definitely one of the leaders of the team. Not just with his play, but just being around, he makes everyone better. It's tough to lose anyone of his caliber, for sure."