Pirates 1B Steve Pearce sprains ankle

Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Steve Pearce has sprained his

right ankle on a throw, forcing him out of a game against the

Cincinnati Reds.

Third baseman Delwyn Young made a wild throw to first on Jonny

Gomes’ grounder in the second inning Monday night. Pearce chased

down the ball, planted his right foot for a quick throw to second

and twisted his ankle. Gomes was safe.

Pearce was examined on the field by a trainer and jogged in the

outfield before remaining in the game. He left an inning later.

Pearce was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on May 4. He has

been on a hitting tear, going 7 for 18 before the injury.