Hunter Pence has seemingly broken his arm on a hit by pitch according to Giants beat writer Henry Schulman. Pence was hit by an inside fastball from Cubs minor league right-hander Corey Black, who came over in the Alfonso Soriano trade in 2013.
Pence is a career .284 hitter and is extremely durable, as he played all 162 games the last two seasons. He was a big part of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 World Series victories, after a mid-season trade to the Giants in 2012. He hit .444 in the Giants World Series, in 2014 to add to a career .265 postseason average. He hit .277 with 20 homeruns and 74 RBI in that regular season. He has also been known for being a clubhouse leader since he has joined the Giants.
Possible replacements for Pence internally include Juan Perez, Gregor Blanco, and Travis Ishikawa. Given the extent of the injury, the Giants will likely lean on internal options. If the break takes longer than expected to heal, a trade could be worked out. Trade possibilities include Shane Victorino or Allen Craig from the Red Sox, who have a surplus of outfielders. A trade seems more likely than a free agent signing given that Scott Hairston and Jason Kubel are the only major league options on the free agent market.
Hunter Pence is a difficult player to replace, given his ability to bat anywhere in the lineup. He can usually hit in the .270s with some power and a little bit of speed. Though he is known to be a free swinger, his career on-base percentage is still a strong .338. Brandon Belt will likely get the 5th spot, where Pence was slated most of the games last year. He also batted second but it appears Joe Panik can now fill that spot. Needless to say, replacing Pence for any amount of time will be a challenging task for the Giants.
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