Pearce to have season-ending surgery

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

On Wednesday, Steve Pearce will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that will not only cause him the rest of 2010, but might affect his ability to compete for a roster spot next spring.

The procedure, which will repair the patella tendon, comes after Pearce tried a plasma rich platelet injection back in early July. The hope had been that the injection would negate the knee for surgery.

However, Pearce has continued to feel discomfort in the knee and therefore elected to have the surgery this week. It will be performed by Pirates medical director Dr. Patrick DeMeo.

According to general manager Neal Huntington, there is a chance that Pearce could be ready to participate fully in Spring Training, but that’s by no means guaranteed. The recovery process could also drag into the spring, which would cause the first baseman to get a late start.

Surgery is a significant step backward for Pearce, who will be out of Minor League options next season. Finally getting a chance to start more regularly, Pearce appeared in 15 games for the Pirates before going on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. It was while he was rehabbing that ankle that he was subsequently shut down with knee pain.

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One comment

  1. snyfly

    MLB.com just had interesting story on Barry Bonds watching A-Rod chase. He’s been gone a long time, but could Barry still hit major league pitching? The Pirates have nothing to lose and everything to gain to bring him in for the rest of the season. Imagine the P/R. Imagine fans in the seats at PNC Park.
    It beats the heck out of breaking up the team’s only strength (bullpen) and getting a career hitting 233 catcher – and then naming him your starter! Why they don’t like Doumit is a mystery.
    While playing GM, I hear the Giants want to move their current Barry (Zito). How about Zito & $10M (to cover fraction of his salary thru 2014) for Daniel McCutchen (or Charlie Morton) and Gorkys Hernandez?

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