The Orioles claimed the right-handed hitter off waivers Saturday after the Yankees designated him for assignment, bringing Pearce back to Baltimore for the second time this season. The 29-year-old outfielder won't be eligible for postseason play if the Orioles qualify, but Pearce will add depth for manager Buck Showalter's bench with rookie L.J. Hoes heading to the team's instructional league after Sunday's game.
"We have knowledge of him and we like him," Showalter said of Pearce, who hit three homers and had 14 RBIs in 28 games for the Orioles. "We would have liked to have kept him at the time, but we had some other needs that were more pressing. We have interest in having Steve with the organization in the offseason."
Pearce previously was acquired by the Orioles from the Yankees in June for cash considerations, but then the Astros claimed him off waivers at the end of July. The Yankees, who had signed him at the end of March after the Twins had released him, picked Pearce up for a second time in August in a trade with Houston, but made him available earlier this week.
Showalter said the plan is for Pearce, who lives in Lakeland, Fla., and just welcomed a baby with his wife, to meet the team in Tampa on Monday.
To make room for Pearce on the 40-man roster, the Orioles recalled right-hander Oliver Drake and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
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