CHICAGO -- Steve Pearce called it a "sigh of relief" to learn that the pop he felt behind his right knee during Friday's win was nothing more than some tightness near his tendon.
An MRI done on Pearce's knee on Friday came back negative, showing no structural damage. The news got even better on Saturday when Pearce was cleared to pinch-hit after hitting in the batting cages and taking batting practice in the morning.
"I feel good," Pearce said. "I think I did the right thing [on Friday] by taking [myself] out [of the game]. I probably would have [it] blown out [running]. I caught it early."
Running could still be an issue for Pearce, which means that he's unlikely to start this weekend. But a stint on the disabled list does not appear to be necessary.
"We'll just see how he goes the next few days," manager John Russell said. "I think it's more where the calf meets the tendon, so there is nothing wrong with the knee. We'll just see how he responds."
Pearce is 2-for-14 since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on May 4.