Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is dealing with tendinitis in his left wrist and could be out a few days, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Pence’s injury worsened when he tried to play through it on Tuesday against the Pirates, when he went 3-for-5. It sounds like Pence could miss all three games in the Giants’ road series against his former team in Philadelphia.
Pence made his season debut on May 16, missing the first month and a half after suffering a broken forearm when he was hit by a pitch near the end of spring training. He’s batting .282/.329/.451 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 76 plate appearances thus far.
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).