Hunter Pence says he’s not retiring

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Hunter Pence likely played his last game for the Giants yesterday. They said goodbye, gave him a parting gift — a scooter — and everything. If it’s up to him, however, he hasn’t played his last game as a big leaguer. From Alex Pavlovic’ story of Pence’s final game as a Giant at NBC Sports Bay Area, here’s Pence’s view of his baseball-playing future:

“I feel strong, I feel healthy, I feel fast. I’m going to work on flexibility and changing my swing completely . . . I want to still play. It’s uncertain — hopefully I can find an opportunity, and I’m going to look for it. I’m going to do everything I can to be the best I can because I want to come back and contribute to another playoff run.”

Pavlovic reports that Pence plans to play winter ball in either Mexico or the Dominican Republic with the hope of leveraging good play south of the border into an invite to a big league camp next spring.

Pence, 35, hit .226/.258/.332 with four homers and 24 driven in in 97 games in 2018. He has not been a useful player since 2016 and has averaged only 97 games played over the past four seasons due to myriad health problems.

If he shows he’s healthy this offseason it would not be shocking to see him get a minor league deal someplace, but we may very well have seen the last of Hunter Pence in the big leagues.

MLB homer leader Pete Alonso to IL with bone bruise, sprain in wrist

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PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.

The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.

The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.

Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.

“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”

New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.

“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”

Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.

The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.

New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.

Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.