Pearce shut down with arm trou­ble

IF-OF gets plasma in­jec­tion in N.Y.; Showal­ter op­ti­mistic about re­turn

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­ twit­­dieInTheYard

BOS­TON — The re­main­der of Ori­oles in­fielder-out­fielder Steve Pearce’s sea­son is in ques­tion af­ter he was shut down in­def­i­nitely by the club af­ter his visit with well-known or­tho­pe­dist Dr. David Altchek on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in New York for a set­back ear­lier this week with his right arm.

Pearce re­ceived a platelet-rich plasma in­jec­tion in his throw­ing fore­arm near his el­bow area Wed­nes­day af­ter see­ing Altchek, the New York Mets med­i­cal di­rec­tor. The pro­ce­dure will shelve him for the next sev­eral days. But man­ager Buck Showal­ter said he’s op­ti­mistic Pearce will be able to con­trib­ute again this sea­son.

“If my mem­ory serves me right, it’s two or three days, but ev­ery­body is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent with it,” Showal­ter said. “They found what they thought they would find. … I’m op­ti­mistic he will be able to do some things for us this sea­son.”

Pearce felt pain in his el­bow area af­ter throw­ing from left field to sec­ond base in the first in­ning of the Ori­oles’ 12-2 loss to the Bos­ton Red Sox on Mon­day at Fen­way Park. He ag­gra­vated a flexor mass strain he suf­fered mak­ing a throw from the out­field Aug. 7 in Chicago that forced him to miss nearly a week and pre­vented him from play­ing the out­field for about two weeks.

Showal­ter wouldn’t dis­close more specifics of Pearce’s in­jury Wed­nes­day. Pearce re­ceived a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion last month, and Wed­nes­day’s PRP in­jec­tion in­di­cates that Pearce and the club are at­tempt­ing to get him through the sea­son be­fore con­sid­er­ing surgery.

Flexor mass strains can be se­ri­ous in­juries, and some­times are pre­cur­sors to el­bow re­con­struc­tion pro­ce­dures, more com­monly known as Tommy John surgery.

Pearce was able to man­age the prob­lem un­til Mon­day, but it is ob­vi­ous that his in­jury is now is af­fect­ing his abil­ity to swing. On Tues­day, Showal­ter said Pearce, who bats right-handed, strug­gled to even open a drawer with his right arm. Steve Pearce Ori­oles un­veil 2017 sched­ule: The Ori­oles re­leased their reg­u­larsea­son sched­ule for next year, and they will open April 3 at home against the Amer­i­can League East ri­val Toronto Blue Jays.

The Ori­oles will also play the Na­tional League Cen­tral in in­ter­league play, and will host the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates (June 6-7), St. Louis Car­di­nals (June 16-18) and Chicago Cubs (July 14-16) at Cam­den Yards.

The an­nual “Belt­ways Se­ries” games against the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als will take place in May. The Ori­oles will host the Na­tion­als on May 8-9, then play two more games at Na­tion­als Park on May10-11.

Af­ter an Au­gust that will in­clude 16 home games, the Ori­oles will fin­ish the sea­son with 15 of their last 22 games on the road. Around the horn: Util­ity man Paul Jan­ish, who had been work­ing out in Sara­sota, Fla., joined the club Wed­nes­day and will likely have his con­tract se­lected to­day. “Ste­vie [Pearce] was more cov­er­age for us at sec­ond base and third base, so that’s why we wanted to get Paul here,” Showal­ter said. ... Showal­ter said out­fielder Joey Rickard, who has been on the dis­abled list since late July with a right thumb in­jury, is sched­uled to be ac­ti­vated from the 60-day DL on Mon­day. ... Util­ity man Ryan Fla­herty started in left field against Red Sox right-han­der Rick Por­cello on Wed­nes­day night. Fla­herty, who made his first start since Aug. 11, en­tered the game hit­ting .545 (6-for-11) with one homer in his ca­reer against Por­cello and .337 (28-for-83) at Fen­way Park. He went 0-for-3 in the win. … Cen­ter fielder Adam Jones will re­ceive the Ori­oles’ Roberto Cle­mente Award tonight. The award is given to one player from each team who “best rep­re­sents the game of base­ball through ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ter, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, phi­lan­thropy and pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions, both on and off the field.” … Third base­man Manny Machado was the Ori­oles’ nom­i­nee for this year’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, given by the play­ers union to a player who “con­stantly ex­hibits grit, tenac­ity, per­se­ver­ance and hus­tle, all for the ben­e­fit of his team­mates and fans.”

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