Steve Pearce

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Steve Pearce
Jul 30: Pearce is hoping to avoid getting dealt from the Rays before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I hope not," Pearce said (regarding a possible trade). "I like this team a lot. I have fun every day when I come here." The veteran infielder has enjoyed a stellar season for Tampa, with a .312 average and .912 OBP among his solid numbers. Pearce joined the Rays on a bargain one-year, $4.75 million deal in the offseason, and expresses an affinity for his tenure with the team despite their overall struggles, which he doesn't feel accurately reflect the club's true talent level. "We've just been hit with injuries and bad luck all year," he said. "If you would've told me this would be our record in the middle of the year, I'd tell you you were crazy. There's no way our team is as bad as our record reflects. We have a really good team. I believe we still have a good team. We're going to have a good team in the future. And I hope I stay."

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Jul 27: Pearce is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. With Logan Morrison (forearm) returning to the lineup and the game taking place in a National League park (no DH), Pearce was left out of Wednesday's lineup. He will be back in the mix this weekend when the Rays host the Yankees, although he could also be on the move at the trade deadline, as his .389/.484/.741 slash line against lefties ought to intrigue some contending teams.

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Jul 21: Pearce is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics. The Rays are giving Pearce the night off Thursday as they ease him back into action following his DL stint. Tim Beckham will get a turn at first base for the Rays as they face Sonny Gray and the A's.

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Jul 20: Pearce hit his 10th homer in a 2-for-5 game with two RBI in Tuesday's win over Colorado. Pearce looked in top form in his first game back with the Rays since June 20 due to a hamstring injury. He was hitting a robust .322/.393/.540 with nine home runs and 25 RBI in 51 games before the injury, making him the Rays' best hitter and an excellent fantasy option.

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Jul 19: Pearce (hamstring) has returned to the lineup Tuesday and will bat fifth in the order against the Rockies, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays have yet to announce their corresponding roster move, but Pearce is set to draw back in for Tuesday's contest. Pearce was on fire prior to hitting the disabled list, slashing .378/.404/.578 in the 14 games leading up to his hamstring injury.

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Jul 18: Pearce (hamstring) has joined the Rays in Denver and is expected to be activated Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce's rehab game Sunday for High-A Charlotte apparently went well, as he will be rejoining the Rays slightly ahead of schedule. He has been one of the club's few bright spots this year, posting a brilliant .322/.393/.540 line over 51 games.

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Jul 17: Pearce (hamstring) is scheduled to play first base in a rehab game Sunday with High-A Charlotte, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce had been fielding grounders at first base just days earlier, and the Rays apparently felt comfortable enough with where he was in his recovery to have him test out his hamstring in game action. If all goes well Sunday, he could move his rehab assignment to the Double-A or Triple-A level in the coming days and perhaps rejoin the Rays later next week.

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Jul 14: Pearce (hamstring) took groundballs at first base during a workout on Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since June 21 but has reportedly been feeling "great" and is back to doing high activity drills at first base. Pending any setbacks the next few days, the 33-year-old could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. The right-handed slugger has slashed an impressive .322/.393/.540 through 51 games for Tampa Bay this season.

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Jul 5: Pearce (hamstring) said Tuesday that he feels "great" and is hoping to return after the All-Star break, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The expectation was that Pearce would need at least three weeks to rehab his left hamstring injury. It sounds like he's progressing well and should be available for most of the second half of the season, barring any setbacks as he completes his recovery. With Logan Forsythe back at second base for Tampa Bay, Pearce may be relegated to a platoon role at first base upon activation.

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Jun 21: Pearce (hamstring) is expected to miss at least three weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce was placed on the 15-day DL earlier Tuesday, and the club is now sending him back to Tampa to undergo an MRI. The results will likely determine the severity of the ailment and the next steps in his recovery so a clearer timetable should become available then, but for now, it appears as though Pearce will likely be out until after the All-Star break.

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Jun 21: Pearce (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce had to be helped off the field in the ninth inning of Monday's tilt, and though the exact nature of the ailment remains unclear, it's apparently serious enough to force him out for at least two weeks. Despite going 0-for-12 over the last three games, the 33-year-old had been on a tear in June, slashing .380/.404/.560 on the month. He's currently without a precise timetable, but Jaff Decker and Taylor Motter appear to be in line to see increased playing time for however long Pearce remains sidelined.

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Jun 21: Pearce (hamstring) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Indians, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Pearce was removed early from Monday's game after experiencing discomfort in his hamstring, and given that the Rays have not ruled out the possibility of a DL stint, it's not all too surprising that he'll be held out Tuesday. Jaff Decker and Taylor Motter -- both of whom are drawing into Tuesday's lineup -- figure to see more playing time in Pearce's absence.

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Jun 20: Pearce (hamstring) has not ruled out a stint on the DL, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Pearce left Monday's game in the ninth inning holding his right leg. The Rays will likely wait a couple of days before putting him the disabled list, a move that would sideline their hottest hitter. Should Pearce be forced to miss an extended amount of time, Jaff Decker or Taylor Motter could see more playing opportunities.

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Jun 20: Pearce was forced out of Monday's matchup with the Indians early afters suffering an apparent hamstring injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce was running out a fly ball in the ninth inning of Monday's game before going down holding his right leg. He had to be helped off the field. Expect an update on his status when more information is made available.

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Jun 17: Pearce went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Mariners. The 33-year-old extended his blazing-hot month of June, which has seen him slash .514/.541/.771 over 35 at-bats. The three-hit day represented Pearce's fifth multi-hit effort over the last eight games, and brought his average to a new season high of .346. That figure also represents a significant 42-point improvement since June 2, as the veteran continues to put together the best all-around season of his career.

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Jun 15: Pearce continued his stellar season in Tuesday's victory over the Mariners, going 1-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and two runs. Initially acquired to primarily serve as part of a platoon, Pearce has definitively disabused the Rays of such notions with what is shaping up as the best season of his 10 major league campaigns. Following Tuesday's output, Pearce is now slashing .336/.412/.570 over 149 at-bats, with an 18.8 percent HR/FB rate that is the best of his career. His 36.3 percent hard contact rate serves as his second-best figure in that category as well, and he's now hit safely in seven of eight June contests. The 33-year-old is on pace for by far his best month to date this season, slashing .520/.538/.760 over his first 25 at-bats of June.

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Jun 11: Pearce (elbow) went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Astros. The veteran got the scoring started early for Tampa when he plated Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison with a double to deep center in the first inning. Pearce's bat has heated up again in June, as now slashing a whopping .643/.643/.786 over his first 14 at-bats of the month while hitting safely in all five games he's played.

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Jun 10: Pearce (elbow) returns to the lineup Friday against the Astros, freelance Tampa Bay writer Roger Mooney reports. Pearce has missed the last three games with elbow tendinitis that has been bothering him since the end of May. On Friday, he will be manning first base and batting fifth against Lance McCullers. Pearce is having himself a solid season for the Rays, hitting .321 with eight home runs and 21 RBI in 134 at-bats.

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Jun 8: Pearce (elbow) expects to be back in the lineup and start at second base on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce's elbow tendinitis has been acting up recently, and while he's not in the starting lineup, he is available to pinch hit and play first base if needed. While he rests his sore elbow, it's expected that Tim Beckham will continue to get starts at second in his place.

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Jun 7: Pearce is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. The expectation is that Pearce will remain out of the lineup for the remainder of the Arizona series, but he reportedly will be available to pinch hit and play first base off the bench. Tim Beckham will step in at second base Tuesday against right-hander Zack Greinke, marking just his fifth start against a right-hander this season.

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Jun 6: Pearce is not in the lineup Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce has been dealing with some elbow tendinitis recently and Tampa Bay is choosing to give the first baseman the night off. The issue does not seem to be serious, however, as the Rays said that the 33-year-old would be available to pinch hit and play first base. With interleague play in full swing and the DH position not available, Pearce is projected to get the next few days off and will likely return to the lineup when Tampa Bay comes home on Friday for a series with Houston.

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Jun 5: Pearce went 3-for-4 in Sunday's 7-5 victory over the Twins. The veteran has been bothered by ongoing elbow tendinitis, but Sunday's performance was reminscent of the success he'd enjoyed earlier in the season. After his batting average dipped as low as .276 on May 15, he's back to slashing .316/.399/.534 on the season.

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Jun 4: Pearce is back in the lineup Saturday, batting cleanup as the Rays' designated hitter. Pearce has been battling some elbow discomfort of late, which led to him being out of the lineup for the past three games. He'll serve as the DH on Saturday, suggesting that he might not be quite ready to get back in the field yet. That said, Pearce being back in the lineup gives the Rays a much-needed power bat in the middle of the order.

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Jun 1: Pearce is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals. The veteran has been battling left elbow tendinits for much of the spring, and although he was able to play through it Tuesday, he'll sit out Wednesday against the Royals. There is hope that Pearce will be able to keep playing through the lingering soreness, but he may need days off fairly routinely to avoid a DL stint.

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Jun 1: Pearce's ongoing elbow discomfort is officially due to tendinitis, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran utility man is enjoying one of his better seasons despite the ailment, slashing .298/.389/.532 through 124 at-bats to date in 2016. Pearce expects to deal with the problem throughout the rest of the campaign, and plans to continue managing it with the daily treatment he's already been receiving.

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May 31: Pearce (elbow) will start at second base for Tuesday's game against Kansas City, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce aggravated a pre-existing elbow issue during Monday's game and ultimately left the contest, but he will be able to remain in the lineup against Dillon Gee on Tuesday. It's especially encouraging that Pearce will be able to play the field as well Tuesday rather than be used as the DH. He'll bat cleanup in the Rays' order.

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May 31: Pearce, who left Monday's 6-2 loss to the Royals after eight innings due to elbow irritation, says that he's been dealing with the ailment for "a while", Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays utility man reports that the issue intensified on a swing in Monday's game. Prior to that instance, Pearce had apparently been able to manage whatever discomfort he'd been feeling. He's logged 11 consecutive starts heading into Tuesday, and reports that he should be able to keep that streak going in the second game of a three-game set versus the Royals.

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May 28: Pearce is back at second base for Saturday's tilt with the Yankees, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports. Pearce will cleanup for the Rays. He went 2-for-4 with a home run on Thursday before getting the night off from playing the field Friday. He has been seeing the ball well recently, batting .343 over his last 10 games.

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May 27: Pearce was 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a losing effort against the Yankees on Friday night. The utility-man's eighth home run didn't come until the ninth inning, and was too-little, too-late, but his .297 average with 20 RBI, and very useful multiple position eligibility have been a nice asset for fantasy teams.

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May 21: Pearce went 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk and two runs scored in Friday's 7-5 victory over the Tigers. Hitting cleanup once again, Pearce came through with his second home run in three games while also driving in his fifth run over that span. The veteran utility man is enjoying a particularly strong May, slashing .341/.434/.795 over 44 at-bats during the month. His current .302 average also represents a nice improvement over his career .251 figure.

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May 18: Pearce is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Despite being a big factor in Tuesday's win over Toronto, Pearce will get the day off Wednesday with the Blue Jays turning to R.A Dickey on the mound. Tim Beckham will take Pearce's spot at second base Wednesday and bat ninth in the order against the knuckleballer.

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May 18: Pearce went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks in Tuesday's 12-2 victory over the Blue Jays. The veteran utility man hit out of the cleanup spot and manned second base, and continues to validate manager Kevin Cash's decision to work him into the lineup in non-platoon situations. Pearce has particularly taken off this month, slashing .341/.429/.756 over 41 at-bats. He's tallied six multi-hit game in May, and is 4-for-7 with a double, a homer, four RBI, three walks and three runs scored in the first two games of the series against the Blue Jays.

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May 16: Pearce hit his sixth home run, scored twice and drove in three runs in a 2-for-4 game in Monday's win over the Blue Jays. Pearce now has three multi-hit games over the past week and has hit three of his six home runs in that span. He's still stuck at four games played at second base but did record his second game played at third base when he moved to the position after Evan Longoria was pinch-hit for with the game out of hand at 13-2 in the eighth inning. Pearce's .288/.370/.538 batting line is high quality at any position, but if he had positional eligibility, his .908 OPS would rank third in the American League among second basemen, behind just Logan Forsythe and Robinson Cano.

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May 15: Pearce will start at second base and bat seventh in the order Sunday against the Athletics, freelance Tampa Bay writer Roger Mooney reports. It's the fifth straight game that Pearce will find himself in the lineup, including his third at second base. Pearce will likely be the Rays' primary option at the keystone after Logan Forsythe (shoulder) hit the DL on Saturday. Forsythe is expected to miss more than the 15-day minimum.

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May 11: Pearce went 2-for-3 with two solo homers and a walk in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Mariners. The veteran went deep against Wade Miley in both the second and fourth innings, giving him four homers in just 19 May at-bats. The 33-year-old has been deployed to perfection by manager Kevin Cash, seemingly producing almost every time he garners a start. Pearce is now slashing .368/.429/1.053 to date in May, and considering Logan Morrison's monumental struggles to date this season, Pearce could continue seeing playing time outside of strict platoon situations.

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May 7: Pearce is not in the lineup Saturday against the Angels, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. Pearce started each of the last three games, but he'll be replaced at first base by Logan Morrison, who will hit sixth in the order against the Angels.

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May 4: Pearce went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer against the Dodgers on Wednesday. The long ball was a big one, snapping a 2-2 tie after a hit and a walk set the table for Pearce to open the sixth inning. As per usual, it came off a lefty in Dodgers starter Alex Wood. Pearce hit cleanup in this one, the seventh time this year he's appeared in that lineup slot, and his middle-of-the-order at-bats when the Rays face southpaws make him an attractive DFS play.

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May 4: Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's 10-5 loss to the Dodgers. The veteran tagged former Rays stalwart Scott Kazmir with the bases empty in the fifth for his second homer in his last four starts. Pearce has proven to be a solid addition to the Tampa attack, and has now reached base safely in five straight contests. He's displayed solid plate discipline as well, whiffing only six times in 46 at-bats. Pearce's .283/.365/.435 line has manager Kevin Cash contemplating providing him with additional opportunties beyond strict platoon situations.

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Apr 26: Pearce may continue to see a rise in playing time outside of strict platoon situations, Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran utility infielder has considerably outperformed first baseman Logan Morrison (4-for-50) at the plate, but has been utilized in a myriad of ways. Pearce has played every position in the infield outside of shorstop, and his positional versatility and respectable offensive numbers (.263/.349/.368 over 38 at-bats) look likely to afford him additional playing time. The 33-year-old had been slotted for work against both handedness of pitchers since the beginning of the season, according to manager Kevin Cash. "Not making an excuse, but the off days kind of put a wrinkle in things, and then we had the rainout (April 9 in Baltimore)," Cash said. "Pearce is a big part of our lineup, Logan Morrison is a big part of our lineup ... it's on me to kind of balance that a little bit."

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Apr 25: Pearce is starting at first base and batting second Monday against the Orioles, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports. Pearce will get the start for the second night in a row after going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. It's interesting to note, however, that he's getting the nod against a right-handed starter (Kevin Gausman) while Logan Morrison sits. Although the RBI opportunities may not be as frequent while he's hitting out of the two-hole, he could be in line for some runs hitting in front of Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson.

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Apr 25: Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-1 victory over the Yankees. After whiffing twice in an 0-for-3 performance Saturday, Pearce bounced back with his first multi-hit game of the season and first homer as well. The utility infielder thoroughly lived up to his designation in the three-game series versus the Yankees, playing at both corners in the first two contests, then notching a start at second on Sunday. The 33-year-old's positional flexibility is indisputable, but more consistent offensive contributions would go a long way toward affording Pearce more opportunities. He's slashing a modest .257/.333/.371 through 35 at-bats.

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Apr 24: Pearce will start at second base and bat fifth in the order Sunday against the Yankees, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports. After starting at either first or third base in the Rays' previous three games, Pearce's positional versatility will earn him yet another turn in the lineup. He's not exactly making the most of his opportunities with a .226 batting average and three RBI over his 31 at-bats on the campaign, but his ability to slot in just about anywhere on the diamond and in the outfield should continue to earn him a steady diet of starts over the course of the season.

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Apr 18: Pearce went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the White Sox. The veteran first baseman got Tampa's scoring started with a double to deep center field off Jose Quintana, plating Brandon Guyer. The 33-year-old started all three games versus the White Sox over the weekend, going 2-for-11 with Sunday's double and RBI. He's struggled at the plate so far this season, slashing a .227/.227/.273 line over his first 22 at-bats.

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Apr 17: Pearce will bat cleanup and start at first base Sunday against the White Sox, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports. The White Sox's lefty-heavy rotation will allow Pearce to make his third straight start, as he'll be asked to take over Corey Dickerson's lineup spot Sunday. Despite having the platoon advantage in his favor for much of the series, Pearce has gone just 1-for-8 with a strikeout against the White Sox.

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Apr 9: Pearce will hit fifth and play first base Saturday versus the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran will draw his fourth start of the season at first base, as Logan Morrison shifts to the DH role for the night. The 32-year-old Pearce has two hits in his first seven at-bats of the season and offers some serviceable power in the heart of the Tampa lineup.

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Apr 8: Pearce is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune reports. Pearce has received some starts against lefties in order to optimize the Rays' matchups, but will return to the bench in favor of Logan Morrison on Friday. The 32-year-old is 2-for-7 to start the 2016 season.

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Mar 17: Pearce (calf) went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Thursday's 6-1 spring victory over the Phillies. Servig as the designated hitter and slotted in the two-hole in his first game since Mar. 7, Pearce blasted an Edwin Mujica pitch in the sixth inning for his first homer of the spring. The 10-year veteran had nursed a calf injury for the last several days, but is expected to return to his customary first base role for Friday's contest versus the Red Sox.

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Mar 15: Rays manager Kevin Cash said Pearce (calf) is expected to DH in Thursday's Grapefruit League game, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce would likely spend just one game as designated hitter before slotting in at first base for Friday's contest. He mostly figures to get his at-bats from those two spots this season, but the Rays may also give him occasional starts in left field.

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Mar 14: Pearce (calf) took batting practice in the cage Sunday, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports. The 10-year veteran has been nursing his injury since last Wednesday, when he was a last-minute scratch versus the Blue Jays with right calf tightness. Pearce is considered day-to-day, with his next chance at taking the field coming Tuesday versus the Phillies.

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Mar 11: Pearce (calf) hopes to return to the lineup early next week, the Tampa Bay Tribune's Roger Mooney reports. He began running Friday on the treadmill in the pool after injuring his calf in Wednesday's spring game. There is nothing to suggest Pearce won't be ready for Opening Day, and he should be considered day-to-day heading into next week.

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Mar 10: Pearce (calf) remains day-to-day, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Pearce had to be pulled from Wednesday's lineup due to what was described as calf tightness, and it appears manager Kevin Cash and the Rays will continue to take a conservative approach in an effort to maintain his health for the regular season.

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Mar 9: Pearce was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to right calf tightness, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. The Rays will move Logan Morrison to first base and Taylor Motter to DH for Wednesday's game. The ailment sounds somewhat minor, and Pearce should return to action in the coming days.

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