Pence (hamstring) is feeling good and could return as soon as Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The Giants seemed insistent on slow-playing Pence despite his success with Triple-A Sacramento while on a rehab assignment, but it seems they are changing their tune. Pence homered in Wednesday's game with Sacramento, his second straight game with a homer, and is now batting .450 through six rehab games. While nothing's set in stone, Pence appears to have a chance to return for the final two games of the Nats series.
Pence homered for the third time during his rehab stint with Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, but the team still insists on slow-playing his return, CSN Bay Area reports. That's now three homers in five rehab appearances with Triple-A Sacramento. Despite the success with the bat, the club insists that they will continue to play it safe with Pence, stating that his running isn't back to 100 percent. Manager Bruce Bochy noted that things could change if he continues to rake, but as of now he needs a little more time. A return this weekend seems unlikely, but next week isn't out of the question.
Pence will bat third in the order for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, freelance writer Andrew Baggarly reports. Pence has already appeared in three rehab games for the River Cats, going 4-for-8 at the plate with two doubles and a home run. Following Sunday's game, Pence is expected to get a day off before being reevaluated by the team. Another solid offensive output could help solidify his case for a return this week.
Pence (hamstring) is expected to play in rehab games at Triple-A Sacramento on both Saturday and Sunday, Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area reports. Pence was in the lineup for Sacramento on Thursday before taking Friday off. The expectation is that he'll play six innings in the outfield Saturday and seven on Sunday before taking another day off Monday. He'll be re-evaluated at the beginning of next week, at which point a timeline for a return to the big league club should become more clear.
Pence (hamstring) is in the lineup for Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. Pence's first rehab appearance over the weekend was abbreviated, and he was held out entirely Wednesday due to renewed soreness in his hamstring. Manager Bruce Bochy said recently that Pence is about a week behind his original target return date of July 25, meaning a return during the first week of August is a best-case scenario. Right field has been a revolving door for San Francisco in Pence's absence.