Middle linebacker Antonio Pierce has been placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with the bulging neck disc that showed up during an MRI the week before last.
That means, for now, at least, that the MLB spot will be handled permanently by Chase Blackburn, with Jonathan Goff probably coming in for several series per game. The announcement, while made just a few minutes ago, is not a surprise considering the expectation that Pierce would be out a minimum of six weeks anyway. It is likely now, however, that the 31-year-old Pierce has played his last game in a Giants uniform.
No surgery is planned yet to repair the disc. And the Giants have yet to make a move to fill his roster spot.