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.
From Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News …
Hunter Pence wasn’t sure if he’d need to go back on the disabled list. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is willing to wait a day.
This much is clear: Pence’s left wrist remained too sore to return to the Giants lineup Tuesday night as the club opens a three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Pence felt more discomfort in his wrist when he tried to swing off a tee and take soft-toss batting practice.
This is going to be the seventh consecutive day off for Pence. San Francisco could backdate a 15-day disabled list stint to June 3, and that’s probably what the club will do Wednesday considering Pence isn’t making significant progress. Gregor Blanco is in right field for the Giants on Tuesday night against the Mets. Justin Maxwell has also been drawing some starts in right.
Pence was batting .282/.329/.451 with two home runs, four doubles, and 13 RBI through his first 18 games this season. The 32-year-old missed all of April and half of May because of a fractured left forearm.
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants plan to activate outfielder Hunter Pence from the disabled list on Saturday. Pence traveled with the team to Cincinnati as they open up a three-game weekend series with the Reds.
Pence was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken forearm towards the end of spring training, forcing the 32-year-old to go on the disabled list for the first time since 2007. He had played in all 162 games in each of the 2013 and ’14 seasons. Pence batted .277/.332/.445 with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 708 plate appearances last year, helping the Giants win their third championship in five years.
Justin Maxwell got most of the playing time in right field in Pence’s absence. He performed reasonably well, hitting .250/.305/.396 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 106 plate appearances. Maxwell will return to the bench upon Pence’s activation, though he could be utilized in a left field platoon with Norichika Aoki.