Steve Pearce hasn’t played since Friday due to a sore right wrist, but Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun passes along word that he reported improvement this afternoon.
X-rays came back negative on the wrist, but he received a cortisone shot Saturday and was wearing a brace on the wrist today. He hasn’t swung a bat since being scratched Saturday, but he expects to return to the lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Yankees. Of course, the most important thing is that he feels good for the ALDS.
Pearce has been one of baseball’s biggest surprises this season, batting .297 with 20 home runs and .932 OPS over 98 games.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.