BRADENTON, Fla. — First baseman Steve Pearce left the Red Sox’ split-squad game against the Pirates after grounding out to shortstop in the top of the first inning due to what he characterized as discomfort in his lower left leg.
Though he felt fine swinging the bat, he felt discomfort running down the line. Pearce described his exit as precautionary rather than the product of an acute injury, but said he didn’t want to take any chances turning a minor situation into a potentially more significant one.
“I’m feeling something that I don’t want to feel,’’ said Pearce. “The younger me would have tried to push through it. I don’t think I would have liked the outcome if I would have kept going, but there’s no injury right now. I didn’t feel a pop. There wasn’t anything that was too alarming. I just don’t like how it is right now.’’