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Steve Pearce | First Baseman | #28

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / PIT
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Steve Pearce is making his first start in the outfield on Saturday in an exhibition against the Canadian junior team.
It isn't quite Grapefruit League action, but it's a very encouraging sign. Pearce is hitting cleanup and playing left field in that lineup. Barring any setbacks, he should be able to play the outfield on Opening Day as he has been targeting. Mar 25 - 8:34 AM

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Steve Pearce (forearm) has progressed well in his recovery and is on track to be able to play the outfield on Opening Day.

Pearce is scheduled to hit in a minor league game on Friday and will play first base on Sunday. Provided there are no setbacks in his throwing program, he could be cleared to play the outfield at the start of the regular season.
Mar 17 - 9:45 AM

Steve Pearce doubled and walked Friday in the Blue Jays' 6-2 win over the Tigers.

The game was stopped in the bottom of the ninth after T.J. House was struck by a liner and taken to the hospital. Pearce, who is coming off forearm surgery, was used as a DH again today and is still likely a week from taking the field. He's 3-for-9 with a couple of walks in four games. The Jays are hoping to use him in left field at the beginning of the year, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be up to it.
Mar 10 - 4:48 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that he expects Steve Pearce (forearm) to be limited to designated hitter duty until March 19 or so.

Pearce has been taking ground balls and fly balls regularly, but he's being eased into a throwing program following surgery last September to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm. His time in the field will be fairly limited this spring, and he probably won't see much, if any, time in the outfield at the beginning of the regular season. However, Pearce should still get at-bats early on between first base and possibly DH.
Source: Sportsnet
Mar 3 - 5:16 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that there are "varying opinions" on whether Steve Pearce (forearm) will be ready to play the outfield on Opening Day.

Pearce had surgery last September to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm. Atkins said that Pearce is "at schedule, projected that he can play on opening day" and "been meeting every threshold" in his rehab. However, it appears that he could initially be limited to infield and designated hitter duty at the beginning of the season. "We’re certainly not going to rush him or push him if there’s doubt or speculation if that’s best for him," Atkins said.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 13 - 6:53 PM

Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.

Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:38:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:44:00 AM

The talks between the Blue Jays and Steve Pearce "have gained traction," per ESPN's Buster Olney.

It sounds like an agreement may be imminent. Pearce struggled to stay healthy in 2016, but he slashed .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and the 33-year-old fared especially well against left-handed pitching. There are definite durability concerns, but he'd fit nicely on any American League roster.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:21:00 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:59:00 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have "serious interest" in signing free agent Steve Pearce.

He spent the first half of 2016 with Tampa Bay before being shipped to Baltimore at the trade deadline. Pearce hit .309 over 60 games for the Rays but slumped during his 25-game stretch with the Orioles, batting just .218 with 14 strikeouts over 60 at-bats. If he joins the Rays, Pearce would likely form a platoon with left-handed hitting Brad Miller at first base.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have expressed interest in Steve Pearce.

According to Rosenthal, he could be a right-handed platoon partner for Justin Smoak at first base for the Jays. Pearce had a strong season offensively in 2016, slashing .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers and 35 RBI but was limited to just 264 plate appearances due to a variety of injuries.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Steve Pearce underwent successful surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm on Wednesday.

Pearce is done for the 2016 season and will enter free agency this fall with some major question marks. There is a recovery timetable of about 4-6 months attached with the procedure he just underwent. The veteran first baseman and corner outfielder slashed .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers and 35 RBI over 265 at-bats this season between the Rays and Orioles.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Steve Pearce will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair tendons in his right forearm.

The good news is that there wasn't ligament damage, so this isn't Tommy John surgery. The expectation is that he'll be recovered in 4-6 months, so he should be ready by the time spring training rolls around. The 33-year-old will be a free agent again this winter.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Orioles placed INF/OF Steve Pearce on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to September 13, with a right flexor mass strain.

Pearce had been trying to play through his arm issue for a while but had another setback this past week. He'll undergo surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Pearce, who will be a free agent over the winter, expects to be ready for spring training.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 11:33:00 AM

Steve Pearce (wrist, forearm, elbow) will be shut down for the next 10 days.

Which means he could very well be done for the remainder of the 2016 regular season. Pearce received platelet-rich plasma treatment Wednesday for his ongoing forearm discomfort and probably won't be able to resume baseball activities until something like September 26. He's been dealing with the forearm trouble since the Orioles acquired him from the Rays at the August 1 trade deadline.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Dominic Leone
11Gavin Floyd
12Jeff Beliveau
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody