Pence went 5-for-14 with one double and one home run over five Cactus League games prior to the suspension of spring training.
Pence rediscovered his All-Star form in 2019 with a .297/.358/.552 slash line and 18 home runs for the Rangers, but he appeared in only 83 games and missed the final five weeks with a back injury. The 36-year-old returned to San Francisco on a one-year, major-league deal and may not fill a full-time role once play resumes, though he should see regular opportunities.
Pence signed a one-year, major-league deal with Giants on Friday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
It was previously known that Pence had signed with the Giants, though this news clarifies that he will be on the major-league roster to begin the season. He had a resurgent 2019 campaign, during which he hit .297/.358/.552 across 83 games with the Rangers. Heading into his age-37 season, it's unlikely Pence will have a full-time role. However, he should have plenty of chances to fill in around the outfield, with the team's three projected starters all being left-handed.
Pence signed with the Giants on Friday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.'
The terms of the deal are not yet clear. Pence won a pair of pennants with the team in the first half of last decade but slipped to two poor seasons in 2017 and 2018. A swing change spurred a surprising bounceback with the Rangers in 2019, where he hit .297/.358/.552 with 18 homers in 83 games. Injuries were an issue and are unlikely to go away completely in his age-37 season, but Pence is nevertheless a good bet to be at least a solid contributor in a part-time role when available.
Pence (back) intends to play this season, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
After two straight seasons with below-average batting lines, Pence revamped his swing and hit .297/.358/.552 for the Rangers last season. Injuries limited him to just 83 games, but he certainly still seems to have the talent to help a team in his age-37 season as long as he remains healthy. He's reportedly been talking to several teams, but a return to the Rangers has not been discussed.
Pence (back) confirmed he won't return this season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
Pence has been on the shelf since Aug. 27 with a back injury and simply won't have enough time to make it back before the end of the season. The veteran outfielder compiled a .287/.358/.552 slash line with 18 home runs and six steals in 83 games for the Rangers this season and is hoping to continue playing in 2020.
Pence (back) has not yet been cleared to resume baseball activities, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pence has been sidelined with a back injury since Aug. 27, and with a little over a week remaining in the regular season, it doesn't appear as though he'll be back in 2019. Willie Calhoun should continue to benefit from Pence's absence.
Pence (back) said he isn't sure if he'll return this season, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Pence has been sidelined since Aug. 22 due to back issues, and it doesn't sound like a return before the end of the season is guaranteed. The veteran said he would like to continue playing in 2020 -- even if he doesn't return this year -- though he wants to get back to full health first.
Pence (back) will not join the Rangers for their four-game series in Baltimore, which begins Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Pence has been on the shelf since Aug. 22 due to back issues and has yet to resume baseball activities, suggesting a return isn't imminent. If and when the veteran does rejoin the Rangers, he'll likely find himself in a bench role as the team looks to give Willie Calhoun and Nomar Mazara (oblique) as many at-bats as possible down the stretch.
Pence (back) had an injection in Texas and will likely rejoin his teammates Thursday when the Rangers kick off a series in Baltimore, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
The 36-year-old Pence has been resurgent this year, but the Rangers shouldn't be allocating him too many plate appearances when he returns. The team is crowded in the outfield and should give as many at-bats as possible to Willie Calhoun and Nomar Mazara.
Pence (hamstring) has not yet resumed baseball activities, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pence, who has not played since Aug. 22, is not close to returning. His absence will provide more opportunities for Willie Calhoun, whom the Rangers want to see play regularly over the final month of the season.
Pence was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain Tuesday.
The assignment was made retroactive to Saturday, so Pence could return as soon as next Tuesday if he's healthy enough to do so. Nick Solak has been serving as the designated hitter in his absence. Isiah Kiner-Falefa was recalled to take Pence's place on the roster.
Pence (back) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the the Angels.
Pence sits for the fourth straight game after being scratched due to back tightness Friday. Nick Solak will be the designated hitter in his absence, with Shin-Soo Choo starting in right field.
Pence (back) will not play Sunday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pence was scratched from Friday's game and sat out Saturday. With an off day coming Monday, the Rangers will give Pence a full four days to recover ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Angels.
Pence (back) is not in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Nick Solak will serve as the designated hitter and bat fifth against right-hander Ivan Nova. Pence remains day-to-day while slashing an impressive .306/.404/.510 with three home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored in 57 plate appearances this month.
Pence was a late scratch Friday due to lower back tightness.
Pence was expected to slot in as the designated hitter and bat fifth Friday night, but it's Nick Solak who will replace Pence. The veteran outfielder will be considered day-to-day until further notice.
Pence went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base Wednesday in the Rangers' 8-7 win over the Angels.
Pence brought in three of the Rangers' final four runs on the day, with his ninth-inning base knock scoring Elvis Andrus and ending the game. The 36-year-old has come through with multi-hit efforts in three of his last four starts and is batting .315/.378/.449 since returning in mid-July from a month-long absence due to a groin injury, which once looked like it would derail his surprising All-Star season.
Pence isn't starting Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Angels, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Pence went 1-for-4 in the matinee. Shin-Soo Choo will move to right field with Pence out of the mix.
Pence went 3-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks in Monday's 8-7 win over the Angels.
Over the last two days, Pence has gone 6-for-8 and reached base a whopping nine times. He's now sporting a .300/.363/.568 slash line -- giving him a career-high .919 OPS -- with 56 RBI across 303 plate appearances.
Pence went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a walk in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Twins.
Pence was batting just .214 in August before Sunday's strong performance but still owns a terrific .919 OPS. He's knocked 36 extra-base hits and scored 52 runs in 297 plate appearances during his bounce-back 2019 campaign.
Pence went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.
Pence launched a 439-foot shot to center field in the sixth inning for his 18th home run of the season. The 36-year-old has seen his playing time drop in August as he has started only six of 13 games this month. On the season, Pence is slashing .287/.345/.567 over 287 plate appearances.
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