Hunter Pence
RF SF
1 month ago

Pence may be in line for a part-time role next season, depending on the Giants' offseason moves this winter, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pence is set to enter the final year of his 5-year deal, and it's become clear that the club wants to upgrade defense and potentially sign an impact bat within the next couple months. If San Francisco is able to receive the services of an outfielder or two, Pence will be expendable, and will likely be used in a limited role for the club next season. During the 2017 campaign, the 34-year-old slashed .260/.315/.285 with 13 home runs and 67 RBI in 134 games. In the event that the Giants find a couple next pieces, Pence's fantasy contributions will obviously take a significant hit.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
2 months ago

An MRI on Pence's back came back negative, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pence exited Sunday's game after suffering a minor back injury, and further tests confirmed the issue wasn't anything overly serious. He'll have plenty of time to heal in the offseason, so Pence should enter the final year of his contract healthy. He posted career-low marks in OBP (.315) and slugging percentage (.385) this season, though he did manage to play in 134 contests after missing 166 games over the previous two seasons combined.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence left Sunday's game after suffering a minor back injury while making a diving catch in the outfield, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gorkys Hernandez replaced Pence after the catch. Pence will enter the final year of his contract in 2018 coming off of career-low marks in OBP (.315) and slugging percentage (.385), but he managed to play 134 games after missing 166 contests in the previous two seasons combined.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Bruce Bochy is sitting both Pence and Buster Posey in this one, presumably just so both are well rested for the team's final home series. Pence is batting .309/.377/.471 in September, but he has just a .704 OPS for the season, by far the lowest mark of his career. Injuries in recent seasons have lowered his floor significantly.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Pence matched last year's home run total of 13, but he needed an additional 24 games to reach that mark this season. The 34-year-old's offensive skills appear to be diminishing as a whole (.260/.314/.385), but he has contributed six hits and two homers over his last six contests, so there is still some value to be had in the final week of the season.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence went 3-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Pence entered Sunday's contest mired in an 0-for-10 slump at the plate, so his three-hit performance against the dominant Clayton Kershaw came out of left field -- or right field in his case. The 34-year-old has started five consecutive games since suffering a minor back ailment earlier this month. He should continue providing modest fantasy value while batting cleanup for the Giants down the stretch.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence (back) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a 4-3 win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Pence was the driving force behind the Giants' victory, giving his team a lead with his fifth-inning homer before putting them ahead for good with a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. The 34-year-old's ailing back held him out of action this past weekend, but his strong showing at the plate Tuesday is a sign of good health. It is worth noting that Pence went 10-for-17 prior to brief absence -- and while he is no longer the fantasy force he was in his heyday, the veteran could provide value down the stretch if his bat stays hot.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence (back) I starting in right field and batting leadoff Tuesday against the Rockies, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he wasn't uses, Pence was apparently available off the bench Sunday, so it isn't all too surprising to see him back in the lineup following Monday's off day. The 34-year-old was off to an impressive start to September before injuring himself, slashing .318/.375/.432 in 12 games. (44 at-bats). He'll face German Marquez in his return to action.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Manager Bruce Bochy reported that Pence (back) will be available off the bench for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Pence was held out of the starting lineup with his back ailment, it's encouraging to hear that he's able to enter the game off the bench if needed. Barring any setbacks, it seems likely that the veteran outfielder will be able to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.

Hunter Pence
RF SF
3 months ago

Pence (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Pence took a spill in the outfield during Friday's game which lead to an early exit due to back spasms. He was held out of the lineup Saturday and will again sit out Sunday's contest. The Giants are off Monday, so Pence has a shot to return to the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.