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Steve Pearce forced from game after being hit in shin

Rob Bradford
July 12, 2018 - 8:00 pm

On the day the Red Sox were forced to put third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list, another corner infielder was sent to the sidelines.

First baseman Steve Pearce was forced to exit his team's game against the Blue Jays Thursday night after being hit in the left shin with a J.A. Happ 94 mph fastball in the first inning. Pearce initially remained in the game, heading to first base before being stranded by a Xander Bogaerts strikeout.

After playing in the field for the top of the second inning, Pearce did not come out for the third. Blake Swihart replaced the righty hitter at first.

X-rays were negative, with the team classifying the injury as a contusion.

Pearce started his Red Sox career going 11-for-24, with a homer, four doubles and two walks. He was hitting cleanup in the series opener.

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