Pearce out with ankle injury


CINCINNATI – Steve Pearce has a boot on his sprained right ankle and is using crutches after being injured in the second inning of Monday’s 7-5 loss against the Reds.

The extent of the damage is not yet known.

“My ankle’s pretty swollen, so we’ll have to wait until (Tuesday),” said Pearce, who will have an MRI exam in the morning. “I had X-rays and nothing’s broken.”

With one out, Jonny Gomes hit a smash down the line. Delwyn Young – making his seventh career start at third base and his first appearance there since April 23 – made a nice stop on his knees, but his throw was wild. Pearce dove for the ball, but it zoomed past him and caromed into shallow right field. Gomes wound up at second on the error.

Pearce chased down the ball and was injured making the throw to second base. His cleat caught and his ankle rolled. Pearce was examined by the trainer and stayed in the game – but quickly realized that was a mistake.

“The adrenaline made me think I could stay in,” Pearce said. “But as soon as the next pitch was thrown, I couldn’t wait for the inning to end.”

• Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run homer in the second inning. He’s hit three of his four homers this season against the Reds.

• Lastings Milledge flew out as a pinch hitter, ending his eight-game hitting streak.

• Reds reliever Enerio Del Rosario made his major league debut tonight in the seventh inning. With a runner on second and one out, Del Rosario struck out Andrew McCutchen … but the ball got away from catcher Ryan Hanigan. McCutchen reached first base on the passed ball.

With runners now on the corners, Reds manager Dusty Baker immediately took the rookie out of the game. So, Del Rosario now has a most unusual career pitching line: 0.0 innings pitched, 1 strikeout.

• Ryan Doumit’s last three home runs all were hit in the ninth inning or later. His other homer this season came in the eighth inning on opening day.