BALTIMORE – Steve Pearce has been sidelined with a strained left oblique, and for now, he’s not yet swinging a bat.
“I have just been getting treatment. Nothing has really changed. Just trying to calm down the area and just rest up. That’s pretty much all I can do right now. No strengthening, no hitting, no throwing because anything I can do can aggravate it,” Pearce said.
Manager Buck Showalter said he’ll probably stay with the team rather than go for rehab in Sarasota.
“There’s not a whole lot he can do there that he can’t do here,” Showalter said. “There were some things he was feeling that he’s not feeling now, so that’s good. That might be progressing.”
Pearce stayed home while the team played at Tampa Bay.
“It’s hard. Especially being here around the guys, seeing guys hitting, preparing and getting ready. It’s just frustrating that I don’t get to be a part of it.”
Pearce is eligible to return in a week.
“Time will tell. You don’t really know yet. If I was to play today, it would be a no. If I was to come off today it would be a no,” Pearce said.
Showalter says he doesn’t expect back when he’s eligible.
“On paper, as far as experience and track record of that injury, no. Who knows? I don’t know how quickly we caught it. It was getting worse when we DL’d him,” Showalter said.
“If you test it, and you’re wrong, you’ll set yourself back another two weeks.”
Pearce hasn’t been scheduled for a rehab assignment.
“As of right now no. We haven’t talked about any of that. We haven’t really looked past today. It’s just rest up, get some treatment and how I feel,” Pearce said.
NOTES: Steve Clevenger, who’s at Norfolk, will be out for a few days after he was hit with a foul ball on his right hand. … Tides 1B Christian Walker was named International League Player of the Week. … Bowie INF Corban Joseph is the Eastern League’s Player of the week. He is Caleb Joseph’s brother.