Red Sox' Steve Pearce likely to return Thursday vs. Athletics


Steve Pearce likely will return to the Red Sox lineup sooner than expected.

The first baseman began the season on the injured list after suffering a calf injury during a spring game on March 17. Sox manager Alex Cora said Wednesday on WEEI's OMF that he expects Pearce to come off the IL on Thursday and potentially play vs. the Athletics.

Pearce originally wasn't expected to return to action until the team heads to Arizona on Friday.

Sam Travis, who replaced Pearce to start the season, will be optioned to Triple-A to make room for the 2018 World Series MVP.

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