ATLANTA -- Astros right fielder Steve Pearce was out of the lineup with tightness in the pressure point in his neck for the second straight game on Saturday against the Braves. Ben Francisco again replaced Pearce in right field.
Pearce was a late scratch in Friday's series opener, won by the Braves, 4-1. Astros manager Brad Mills said Pearce felt better Saturday, but he didn't want to take a chance.
"He's much better and I'm hoping he'll be able to get back in there tomorrow," Mills said. "He's moving around pretty good right now, so we're hoping that will come around."
Mills said Pearce may be available to pinch-hit on Saturday.
"Yesterday, when he was loose around the cage, he thought he could probably pinch-hit," Mills said. "But then you cool down during the game without a whole lot of activity and it would have been awful hard."
Pearce is 3-for-11 in four games since the Astros claimed him off waivers from the Orioles on July 28.