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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