Hunter Pence
RF SF
4 days ago

Pence (side) starter Friday's Cactus League opener and went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

EDGE Analysis

Pence was dealing with a minor intercostal strain heading into spring training and made a point to prove he is healthy. After the game he said, "I have every intention of being ready to play every game of the season, so getting out there Game 1 is important to me." Fantasy owners should still have concerns regarding the 33-year-old outfielder after he was limited to 158 total games over the past two seasons. The recent injuries should provide a bit of a discount for a batter who has shown that he can still produce when healthy.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
5 days ago

Pence (side) is in the lineup for Friday's spring training opener against the Reds, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pence was dealing with an intercostal injury, but he and the organization downplayed it over the past couple of weeks. With his name popping up in the starting lineups, it appears that there was nothing to worry about regarding the minor injury. Pence has had serious injuries derail his 2015 and 2016 seasons, so he is no longer the model of good health he used to be in his younger days, but it sounds like the eccentric outfielder is healthy heading into the 2017 season.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
7 days ago

Pence (side) said that he is ready to play Friday with no limitations, CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

The final decision will come down to manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants' training staff, but it sounds like Pence has fully recovered from the minor intercostal issue that flared up a couple of weeks ago. The Giants may opt to hold him out of their Cactus League debut Friday, but barring a setback, Pence should be good to go this spring and heading into Opening Day as the club's starter in right field. The former ironman may see a few extra rest days this season after missing significant parts of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to injury.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
1 week ago

Pence (side) took 25 swings of live batting practice today and said he felt great after the session, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Hitting was the last step of the rehab process left for Pence to complete, so this was a promising sign for his nearing return. His back injury was never considered serious, and the club was simply taking it extra precaution with their veteran outfielder after he was experiencing pain in his side. Assuming there are no setbacks, Pence should get into some spring games and be ready for Opening Day.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
2 weeks ago

Pence (side) participated in on-field drills Friday but has yet to be cleared to resume hitting, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Giants continue to be cautious with Pence, who was forced to slow his workouts last week after getting treatment for an intercostal injury. Still, it's encouraging that Pence has been able to do everything else aside from hitting. Manager Bruce Bochy added Friday that Pence is "real close" to returning, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. With that, Pence figures to resume hitting in the not too distant future if he continues his current progress.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 weeks ago

Pence was recently forced to slow his workouts after receiving treatment on his side, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Bruce Bochy downplayed the side issue, saying he doesn't believe it's a big deal, but the team will check up on Pence when he gets to Arizona for spring training. Once considered a model of good health and durability -- he played in 162 games in both 2013 and 2014 -- Pence has been limited to a 158 games combined over the past two seasons due to injuries.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
5 months ago

Pence homered, scored twice and drove in two in a 3-for-4 game with a walk Tuesday against Colorado.

EDGE Analysis

Pence is having a dominant September, as Tuesday's performance brings his line for the month to .333/.404/.559 with five home runs. He has struggled with injuries and has appeared in just 101 games this season, but his OPS is now up to .827, his best mark since 2011, split between the Astros and Phillies.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
5 months ago

Pence extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run homer Thursday against the Cardinals -- his lone hit in four at-bats, although he also reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score a second run.

EDGE Analysis

Pence owners have been disappointed with another injury-shortened season, but when healthy, the veteran outfielder has been about as productive as ever. That's particularly been the case during this nine-game streak, during which Pence has an absurd 17 hits in 35 at-bats (.486) with two homers, a steal, seven RBI and 10 runs. As long as he can stay on the field, he should continue producing the rest of the way.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
6 months ago

Pence went 3-for-3 with a homer, two walks and four runs in Saturday's win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

That's three games in a row with at least three hits for the 33-year-old outfielder. In the short-term, utilize the production Pence offers while he's healthy. Through a more long-term perspective, although he veteran is currently hitting a solid .293, beware of his lowered contact rate this year and last compared to prior seasons. The trend may be mostly due to injuries he's sustained the past two seasons, but it they may also be attributed to increased age.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
6 months ago

Pence went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four runs scored in Friday's extra-inning win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Pence has now collected seven hits over his last two games. Unfortunately, the top of the Giants' lineup has been ice cold, so his seven hits yielded just one RBI in those games. With two more games against the Diamondbacks followed by a three-game set with the Padres, Pence should get more opportunities to feast on sub-par pitching.