Pearce Ready For Shot At Right Field

Steve Pearce

PITTSBURGH-- The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to give top prospect Steve Pearce a shot at replacing Xavier Nady in right field. The Bucs dealt Nady to the New York Yankees on Friday night and recalled first baseman/outfielder Pearce from Triple A Indianapolis on Saturday.

"We've got options - we called Pearce up," Pirates manager John Russell said. "We'll give him an opportunity to play and kind of see where he's at, and we obviously feel comfortable with Jason Michaels and Doug Mientkiewicz has been able to play out there some. We feel pretty good - obviously you can't replace Xavier Nady as far as what he brought to our team and our clubhouse. It's a chance for us to get Pearce into the atmosphere and system up here and get him some at bats and see where we can go with it. That's basically what we'll do for a little while."

Pearce was up for a cup of coffee with the Pirates in early July and batted .333 in limited playing time.

"It's definitely good to be back up," Pearce stated. "I got a call at 3 o'clock in the morning and it's definitely a phone call you don't mind getting."

Pearce was hitting .258 in 93 games with Indianapolis, with 11 home runs and 54 RBI.

Last season Pearce was the Minor League player of the year last after hitting .328 with 31 home runs and 119 RBI in stops at Lynchburg, Altoona and Indianapolis. He feels that he is ready to seize the opportunity in Pittsburgh.

"That's my goal," Pearce explained. "I'm going to work hard and hopefully I can win this job and that's what I plan to do. I believe it is my time. I've been working in the minor leagues the last couple of years and put up good numbers, and right now I have the shot and I'm going to make the best of it."

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