Pearce on his injury, Bundy his outing and other Orioles notes & quotes

CHICAGO - He has been back with the team for less than a week, but Steve Pearce will now likely miss at least a few games after suffering a strained flexor mass in the right elbow.

He got a cortisone injection after today’s game and is optimistic he won’t miss much time. Pearce said the injury first surfaced during his time this year with the Tampa Bay Rays. It re-surfaced in Chicago this weekend.

“I felt it last night, and obviously, felt it today on the throw,” Pearce said. “I just wanted to get out of there and try and get out in front of this thing before it got any worse.

“Very optimistic. To get it taken care of right now, moving forward, getting the shot was the best idea to do. So we’re going that route, and I’m very optimistic I’ll be back in a couple days.”

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Today Pearce felt it when he made a throw home from right field on a sac fly in the bottom of the fourth and Nolan Reimold pinch hit for him in the fifth.

“It’s been lingering all year, but we’ve been managing it and on top of it,” Pearce said. “The whole goal was to get my arm ready to start playing the outfield, and it just kind of wasn’t there yet. But I’m very confident it’s going to be (only) a couple days.”

Here is manager Buck Showalter on Pearce: “It’s the flexor mass, something he’s had issues with,” Showalter said. “Flared up on him a couple days. Really wanted to get him out there two days. He’s swung the bat well in all the games he’s played in. Hopefully it’s something that will manage itself. Hopefully by Tuesday or Wednesday we have an idea of where are. We will make contingency plans if we need to.”

Pearce was in his third game since the trade to the Orioles for minor league catcher Jonah Heim and he is 2-for-9 with a double.

In today’s 10-2 win over the White Sox, right-hander Dylan Bundy had another strong outing on the mound. He struck out the side in the first inning on 12 pitches, getting Tim Anderson on a fastball at 94 mph, Melky Cabrera on a 86 mph changeup and Adam Eaton on an 80 mph curveball.

That set the tone for his day and he went six innings allowing four hits and two runs with one walk and a career-high nine strikeouts. Bundy threw 92 pitches and is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.05. As a starter he is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.00. His ERA is 1.90 his past four starts.

“I was happy to get over that 90-pitch mark,” said Bundy. “That’s what I said last time. Maybe 95 pitches, maybe 94 next time. I don’t know. I’m just going to go out there and compete and throw five, six, seven innings every time if I can.”

Today the team provided him a 2-0 lead after the first, 8-0 after the second and 10-0 at the end of the top of the third. He had to stay focused with such a big lead.

“I really had to remind myself in the fifth to make sure I focused, even though I had a nine-run lead,” Bundy said. “It’s hard. You’re in the dugout for 20 minutes or so while these guys are hitting homers, but I’ll take that any day.

“As you can see, I missed a few spots. (Jose) Abreu (who homered), that was supposed to be in and it was right down the middle, maybe a little bit away too. You’ve just got to keep focusing when you’ve got a nine-run lead like that and make the pitches you need to.”

Meanwhile the Orioles’ offense had two big games in this series wrapped around last night’s 4-2 loss. They recorded seven runs on 16 hits Friday and 10 runs on 12 hits today. They got five homers today. In addition to the three from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy hit one to end a run of 19 games without a homer and Chris Davis hit No. 23 and his first since July 10.

The Orioles’ offense produced seven homers and 19 runs in this series and the O’s have hit 14 homers their past six games.

As a final note on today’s game, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched three perfect innings at the end of the game which qualified him for the first save of his career in his 289th big league game. He entered with a 10-2 lead but, per the save rule, if you are the finishing pitcher in a game won by your team and pitch three innings, you can get credited for a save. And he did with three perfect innings on 26 pitches with three strikeouts.

Showalter appreciated that Jimenez saved his bullpen and the Orioles needed just two pitchers today.

“Ubaldo giving us three big innings there, we really need that,” Showalter said. “Guess he got a save but he saved a lot of other things. That was a great team contribution by Ubaldo today. Really impressed with Dylan’s maturity today coming out the way he did with that type of lead. Some 10-year veterans have trouble there. He’s pretty tunnel-vision.”

This entry covered most of the day not dealing with Machado’s three-homer day. If you missed that story, click here.

The Orioles are now 9-9 in road series. With Toronto’s loss today, the Orioles (63-47) lead the American League East by one game. In search of their first winning road trip of the season, they now head to Oakland for a four-game series beginning Monday night.

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