Hunter Pence, who has remained on the Giants’ active roster without playing since June 3, has finally been placed on the disabled list with left wrist tendinitis.
Pence missed the first five weeks of the season with a forearm injury and ended up playing just 18 games between DL stints, hitting .282 with two homers and a .780 OPS.
He’d previously been one of the most durable players in baseball, appearing in all 162 games in each of the past two seasons and at least 154 games every year since 2008.
Justin Maxwell has been the primary fill-in for Pence in right field, with Gregor Blanco also seeing some action.
It’s a familiar story. Player gets hurt. Player and team assure everyone it’s a minor injury. Player is placed on the disabled list with a not-minor injury.
This time it’s Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, who’s been put on the shelf with a strained forearm after experiencing discomfort in his last start. Left-hander and Triple-A call-up Tyler Lyons will join the rotation.
St. Louis is already without ace Adam Wainwright for the season and losing Lynn for a long stretch would be a big blow as well. He has a 2.83 ERA in 45 starts since the beginning of last season. At some point the Cardinals’ winning machine has to stop rolling because of injuries piling up, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet.
Left-hander Daniel Moskos, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Pirates, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive a second time for a drug of abuse.
Moskos ranks as one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory and hadn’t even signed with a team for this season after struggling at Triple-A for the past few years.
All of which means his 50-game suspension may never kick in, since as a free agent it won’t start ticking until he signs.
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