Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has been activated from the disabled list and is in Tuesday night’s starting lineup against the Mets, the club announced on Twitter. 1B/OF Ryan Lollis was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to clear room on the roster.
Pence missed five weeks of action due to tendinitis in his left wrist. It’s his second major injury this season as he suffered a fractured forearm during spring training and didn’t make his 2015 season debut until May 16.
The 32-year-old has hit .282/.329/.451 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 76 plate appearances this season.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.