Yankees bring back right-handed bat Pearce

Yankees bring back right-handed bat Pearce

Yankees bring back right-handed bat Pearce
NEW YORK -- Newly acquired Steve Pearce will not be with the Yankees for their series opener Monday against the Blue Jays, but manager Joe Girardi expects the outfielder and first baseman to arrive in New York during the three-game series.

The Yankees acquired Pearce on Monday from the Astros in exchange for cash considerations, bringing him back into the organization with which he spent the beginning of the season, playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees designated Brandon Laird for assignment to make room for Pearce on the 40-man roster, but Girardi was unsure what move they would make to add him to the 25-man roster before rosters expand Saturday.

"You hate to short your bullpen this time of year," Girardi said. "[Sept. 1] is Saturday, so we'll have to talk about the move we're going to make."

Pearce appeared in 49 Major League games this season between Baltimore and Houston, hitting .254 with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs. All three homers came against left-handed pitchers, against which the right-hander hits .275.

"He's been a guy who has had a lot of success against left-handers," Girardi said.

New York originally traded Pearce to Baltimore for cash considerations on June 2 after he hit .318 with 11 homers and 30 RBIs at Triple-A.

The 29-year-old played both corner outfield spots and first base this season, but Girardi said the acquisition has nothing to do with concern over a wrist injury that Mark Teixeira has dealt with throughout the year. Rather, the Yankees like Pearce as a right-handed bat off the bench as they prepare to face a stretch of left-handed starters.