However, O's manager Buck Showalter values the depth Pearce provides for the outfield, especially with Nick Markakis taking over first-base duties with Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list. If the Orioles activate Manny Machado prior to Wednesday's game against the Pirates, they will have to make another move with their 25-man roster because of the Pearce signing.
Given that the Orioles had less than 25 players on their active roster Tuesday, they were able to work out a deal with Pearce and avoid the 30-day waiting period. In that scenario, they had to work out a deal within the next 24 hours as Tuesday's rainout bought them an extra day of having Machado on the disabled list.
Pearce, 31, has gone 1-for-7 in three games with the Orioles this season.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.