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.