Pearce optimistic elbow soreness won't linger

Showalter thinks Orioles outfielder could return for weekend series

Pearce optimistic elbow soreness won't linger

OAKLAND -- Outfielder Steve Pearce, who left Sunday's game with elbow soreness, remains optimistic he'll be ready to play soon.

Pearce, acquired by the Orioles from the Tampa Bay Rays at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, received a cortisone shot that should help calm the elbow.

"If the shot helps, then hopefully the thing will be behind us and I can get back to doing everyday stuff," Pearce said. "I'm optimistic. I'm not worried that this is a long-term thing, especially because I've had good results with the cortisone shot in the past."

Pearce said the elbow has been bothering him for a couple of months.

"But it's been under control," he said. "I think it just flared up by going back in the outfield and throwing the baseball. Right now we're trying to get it calmed down and get back on the field."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter thinks Pearce could be ready to go for the series against the Giants that opens Friday in San Francisco.

Worth noting

Left-hander T.J. McFarland had his bullpen session in Florida rained out. He'll try it again Wednesday.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to based in the Bay Area. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.