Pence is expected to miss the Rangers' first full-squad workout due to a sore right shoulder, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. The injury isn't thought to be anything overly serious, and Pence is expected to take a few days off before returning to action. Once healthy, the veteran outfielder will compete for a bench role during camp. Pence hit just .226/.258/.332 in 97 games last season.
Pence signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday which includes an invitation to spring training. Pence isn't ready to call it quits yet, though he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal after turning in a career-worst campaign in 2018 (.226/.258/.332 with four homers in 97 games). The veteran outfielder was more than 40 percent worse than a league average hitter last season (59 wRC+), so he seems unlikely to make an impact at the major-league level entering his age-36 season.
Pence went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Padres. Pence delivered a solo blast in the fifth inning -- his fourth long ball of the season -- and also came around to score twice more after reaching on an error and a single. It's been a trying campaign for the 35-year-old, but he's finishing on a high note; over his last six games he's 9-for-23 (.391) with a pair of home runs and four RBI.
Pence is starting in right field and hitting leadoff Monday against the Padres, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Pence is hitting .357/.357/.643 with a homer and three RBI over the past four games (three starts), prompting manager Bruce Bochy to give him a turn atop the order with regular leadoff man Gregor Blanco on the bench. He'll face right-hander Bryan Mitchell in his first game leading off this season.
Pence went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Padres. Pence took advantage of a rare start, hitting a two-run home run in the second inning before plating another on an RBI double in the fourth. It's been a hugely disappointing campaign for the 35-year-old, as he's slashing .215/.254/.315 with just three home runs and 22 RBI, and it remains unlikely that he will play every day over the final couple weeks.