Pearce heads to 15-day DL with broken finger

Pearce heads to 15-day DL with broken finger

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates placed utility man Steve Pearce on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right index finger on Tuesday and recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco.

Pearce injured his finger when he dove for a ball in the eighth inning while playing third base on Monday. The ball took a hop and hit the tip of his finger. Pearce remained in the game and even went to bat in the bottom half of the inning, but he left before the ninth.

"It was hurting pretty bad when it happened," Pearce said. "I was hoping the ball wouldn't be hit to me because it was pretty sore."

He had an X-ray on Monday night and an MRI on Tuesday. With the new injury, he did not know whether he would be able to return to the Pirates this season.

Pearce missed nearly two months with a right calf strain earlier this season. He was activated from the disabled list on July 23.

"It's been a long season," Pearce said. "It's been one thing after another. Just freak injuries -- I can't avoid them. ... It's frustrating. I hadn't been playing well, trying to find it, coming back from the rehab. Even [though] I'm not getting results, I'm actually starting to feel really good at the plate. I'm finally starting to get comfortable, into a rhythm, and boom, the finger happens."