Steve Pearce

Report: Red Sox' Steve Pearce, 2018 World Series MVP, now contemplating retirement

Report: Red Sox' Steve Pearce, 2018 World Series MVP, now contemplating retirement

Eleven months ago, Steve Pearce had gone from journeyman DH/first baseman/right-handed-bat-off-the-bench to riding a Duck Boat with his Red Sox teammates after his World Series MVP performance had lifted the team he rooted for a kid to its fourth World Series title in 15 years.

Today, he told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he's contemplating retirement.

Pearce, who counts all four American League East teams among the seven he's played for in the majors, signed a one-year contract worth $6.25 million after the World Series. He began the season on the injured list with a calf issue. He played only 29 games returning to the IL with a back injury. Then, while rehabbing in the minors, a knee ligament injury incurred after he fell in a game ended his season in mid-July.

If he does hang 'em up, Pearce and Red Sox fans will always have his remarkable World Series performance:

Game 4, eighth inning: Tying solo homer off Kenley Jansen.
Game 4, ninth: Bases-clearing double off Kenta Maeda.
Game 5, first: Go-ahead two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw.
Game 5, eighth: Solo homer off Pedro Baez.

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Red Sox select contract of veteran infielder Chris Owings among other roster moves

Red Sox select contract of veteran infielder Chris Owings among other roster moves

The Boston Red Sox made a few roster moves ahead of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels and it will result in a veteran making his Red Sox debut.

According to the Red Sox official Twitter account, the team selected the contract of infielder Chris Owings from Triple-A Pawtucket and put him on the major-league roster.

Owings, 27, has played seven major-league seasons spending most of them with the Arizona Diamondbacks before joining the Kansas City Royals prior to the 2019 season. He was designated for assignment by the Royals on May 31 before eventually signing a minor-league deal with the Red Sox in mid-June.

Owings is a career .242 hitter but struggled badly with the Royals this year, hitting only .133 overall before his release. However, he has turned things around in Pawtucket and is hitting .325 with 11 homers in 183 plate appearances. He will have a chance to spark the Red Sox and prove that he can still be a function utility player at the MLB level.

To make room for Owings on the roster, the Red Sox sent Hector Velazquez back down to Pawtucket while transferring injured first-baseman Steve Pearce to the 60-day IL. Neither move was surprising as Velazquez has logged a 1-4 record and 5.81 ERA this season while Pearce hasn't been dealing with back and knee injuries since late-May. He still isn't able to run, so that necessitated a move to the 60-day IL.

Owings will get a test right away for the Red Sox, as he will play second base in Sunday afternoon's game and will get a chance to lead-off for the squad with Mookie Betts getting a day off. Here's a look at the Red Sox lineup for the contest. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

2B Chris Owings
3B Rafael Devers
SS Xander Bogaerts
RF J.D. Martinez
LF Andrew Benintendi
DH Sam Travis
C Christian Vazquez
1B Michael Chavis
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

RHP Andrew Cashner

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Price may need offseason surgery on cyst if shot doesn't work

Price may need offseason surgery on cyst if shot doesn't work

David Price, placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a cyst on his left wrist, told reporters that if the cortisone shot he had doesn't break it up, he may need offseason surgery to remove it.

The Red Sox have lost Price's past five starts and he's 0-3, with an 8.59 ERA in those outings. The left-hander is 7-5 with a 4.36 ERA overall and had been the Sox' most consistent starter leading until this recent slide, which coincides with his renewed feud with Hall of Famer and team broadcaster Dennis Eckersley.

Left-hander Brian Johnson started in Price's spot Friday night and allowed a first-inning, three-run homer to Albert Pujols in 2 2/3 innings in a 16-4 Red Sox victory.

Manager Alex Cora said if the shot works, he expects Price to be able to return quickly once he resumes throwing.

Another injured postseason 2018 hero, first baseman/DH Steve Pearce, was at Fenway on Saturday but will return to rehabbing his knee injury in Fort Myers, Florida, on Sunday. Pearce, 36, out since June 1 with what was originally a back injury after he hit just .180 in 29 games, told reporters his setback was a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament but he hopes to avoid surgery and continue rehab and treatment. 

He can't run but took batting practice. Still, there are only 44 games left and time could be running out on the 2018 World Series MVP. Sam Travis, Michael Chavis and Christian Vazquez - on Saturday against the Angels - have been filling in as the right-handed platoon with Mitch Moreland at first.

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