Hunter Pence likely to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

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Good news here for the Giants, as Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that Hunter Pence is likely to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Sacramento.

Pence is currently working his way back from a fractured left forearm which he suffered when he was hit by a pitch on March 5. He recently progressed to batting practice and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said there’s “no hesitation” in his swing and that the outfielder feels “ready to go.”

Pence missed nearly all of spring training, so this rehab assignment figures to be lengthy. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said earlier this week that it might be 7-10 games before they activate him.

The defending World Series champion Giants have managed to go 14-14 without Pence so far, but getting him back will be a big boost to their lineup. Only the White Sox and Phillies have scored fewer runs in MLB so far this season.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.