A year removed from his first injury-plagued season in 2015, Hunter Pence missed nearly two months of action after suffering a serious hamstring injury in early June. Despite missing one-third of the season, the enigmatic outfielder was still able to produce solid offensive stats, finishing with 13 homers and 57 RBI while slashing .289/.357/.451 in 106 games. It is important to note that Pence only stole one base in 2016, a far cry from his speed renaissance in 2013. The lack of steals could be attributed to the nature of his injury, but it could also be a result of getting a little long in the tooth. In fact, since stealing 22 bases back in 2013, Pence has seen his stolen base totals decline steadily every season. He is still quite useful in all formats, but Pence is no longer the five-category contributor he was in his prime. Assuming good health, he should be good for another 20-homer season with a good batting average and solid counting stats batting in the heart of the Giants' lineup.
Pence (side) starter Friday's Cactus League opener and went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Pence was dealing with a minor intercostal strain heading into spring training and made a point to prove he is healthy. After the game he said, "I have every intention of being ready to play every game of the season, so getting out there Game 1 is important to me." Fantasy owners should still have concerns regarding the 33-year-old outfielder after he was limited to 158 total games over the past two seasons. The recent injuries should provide a bit of a discount for a batter who has shown that he can still produce when healthy.
Pence (side) is in the lineup for Friday's spring training opener against the Reds, CSN Bay Area reports. Pence was dealing with an intercostal injury, but he and the organization downplayed it over the past couple of weeks. With his name popping up in the starting lineups, it appears that there was nothing to worry about regarding the minor injury. Pence has had serious injuries derail his 2015 and 2016 seasons, so he is no longer the model of good health he used to be in his younger days, but it sounds like the eccentric outfielder is healthy heading into the 2017 season.
Pence (side) said that he is ready to play Friday with no limitations, CSN Bay Area reports. The final decision will come down to manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants' training staff, but it sounds like Pence has fully recovered from the minor intercostal issue that flared up a couple of weeks ago. The Giants may opt to hold him out of their Cactus League debut Friday, but barring a setback, Pence should be good to go this spring and heading into Opening Day as the club's starter in right field. The former ironman may see a few extra rest days this season after missing significant parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury.
Pence (side) took 25 swings of live batting practice today and said he felt great after the session, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Hitting was the last step of the rehab process left for Pence to complete, so this was a promising sign for his nearing return. His back injury was never considered serious, and the club was simply taking it extra precaution with their veteran outfielder after he was experiencing pain in his side. Assuming there are no setbacks, Pence should get into some spring games and be ready for Opening Day.
Pence (side) participated in on-field drills Friday but has yet to be cleared to resume hitting, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The Giants continue to be cautious with Pence, who was forced to slow his workouts last week after getting treatment for an intercostal injury. Still, it's encouraging that Pence has been able to do everything else aside from hitting. Manager Bruce Bochy added Friday that Pence is "real close" to returning, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. With that, Pence figures to resume hitting in the not too distant future if he continues his current progress.