NEW YORK---The Orioles needed to make a move so that Kevin Gausman could be added to the active roster, and instead of dropping a player, they put Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.
The move is retroactive to July 19.
“Stevie came into my office around 2:30 today and said, 'Listen, I know we've got a pending move coming and I'm kind of at the point where it's really bothering me.' He said he hasn't gotten any better the last day or two,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“Stevie said, 'I don't want two days from now I need to go on the disabled list and we had to make this move.' That's exactly what happened. We were prepared to go in some other ways.”
Pearce is eligible to return on Aug. 3. He’s headed back to Baltimore for an MRI.
“He's never had anything like this before, so that was what he was hoping he could kind of play through it and it might heal, but the last couple of days it was really bothering him,” Showalter said.
Showalter would be surprised if Pearce were out for just the DL period.
“With obliques, I'd sign up for it in blood if it was 12 days. I hope that's the case. We'll see. With the MRIs, you get a real good idea of the severity of the oblique, of the bleeding and whatever hot spot you've got in there,” Showalter said.
Pearce, who has been on the disabled list with wrist injuries before said that he’s realistic about the injury.
“It started bothering me a couple weeks ago. I’m not disappointed. It just needs to get done. It kind of stinks that I’m going on [the DL] but it needs to be taken care of. It’s getting to the point that it feels a little more threatening than I’d like,’ Pearce said.
“It just started to slowly escalate and get a little more pain every day. Now it’s time for me to take care of it.”
The Orioles have encouraged Pearce not to work himself too hard because of his tendency to hurt his wrists.
“I’ve never had an oblique injury before. The wrists are fine. Everything’s all good. I haven’t been working myself to death. It’s baseball. It’s one of those things that unfortunately happens and it’s time to take care of it,” Pearce said.
He’s batting .227 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs and is going to fly to Tampa after his MRI. The Orioles begin a three-game series with the Rays on Friday, and Pearce lives in nearby Lakeland.
Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells appreciate Pearce’s style.
“He came in in Detroit and told Richie, 'You know, maybe I should start treating this a little bit.' He's a guy that, he doesn't complain about anything. He just posts up, so I appreciate his honestly. And I'm sure there's a player on our team who really appreciates it,” Showalter said.