Pearce demoted … for now


MILWAUKEE – Outfielder Steve Pearce was optioned back to Triple-A Indianapolis this afternoon to clear roster space for Doug Mientkiewicz. Pearce will return Sept. 1, when rosters are permitted to expand.

Nyjer Morgan could have been a candidate to go back to Indy, but Nate McLouth still is out with a nasty stomach ailment. Morgan will start in center tonight for the third game in a row.

Matt Capps and Tom Gorzelanny will be activated tomorrow, which means two more players will get tickets back to Indy.

Lineups for tonight’s game against New York:

PIRATES — Morgan CF, F. Sanchez 2B, Doumit C, Adam LaRoche 1B, Michaels RF, Moss LF, Andy LaRoche 3B, Wilson SS, Duke (4-11, 5.26) LHP

BREWERS — Weeks 2B, Hardy SS, Braun LF, Fielder 1B, Hart RF, Cameron CF, Hall 3B, Kendall C, Bush (7-9, 4.26) RHP