Orioles place Steve Pearce on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Steve Pearce’s entire season has been a huge letdown after his breakout 2014 campaign and now the Orioles infielder/outfielder is headed to the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle.

Last year Pearce got the first extended playing time of his career at age 31 and hit .293 with 21 homers and a .930 OPS in 102 games, but his OPS has plummeted 250 points this season as he’s hit just .227.

Pearce has played sparingly of late, as manager Buck Showalter tries out other bats, and based on the typical recovery timetable for oblique injuries he may not be ready to play again until September.