ATLANTA -- Astros right fielder Steve Pearce was a late scratch from Friday night's lineup against the Braves. Manager Brad Mills said Pearce had tightness in the pressure point in his neck and couldn't get loose during batting practice before Houston's 4-1 loss.
"He thought he could go, but at the same time, if it's bothering him like it was during batting practice, then I just didn't think it was necessary to put him out," Mills said. "It might be difficult to get him back in there tomorrow, but we'll see."
Ben Francisco replaced Pearce in the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.
Pearce is 3-for-11 in four games since the Astros claimed him off waivers from the Orioles on July 28.