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Giants Lose Hunter Pence for Six to Eight Weeks with Broken Arm

Defending World Series Champions the San Francisco Giants will be without one of their biggest bats for the first quarter of the 2015 season. Right fielder Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch on Thursday thrown by Chicago Cubs prospect Corey Black in the sixth inning of their Cactus League contest which caused the injury. X-rays taken following the incident confirmed that Pence has a non-displaced fracture of his left ulna, which is one of two bones which make up the forearm area.

The injury to Pence will leave a big hole in the Giants’ line-up right out of the gate as they try to get back to the World Series for the third time in the last five seasons. Since his debut for the club in 2012, Pence has led the team in games played (383 consecutive games which had been the longest active streak in the majors,) hits (401), runs (225), homers (54), RBI (218) and extra base hits (146).

The Giants will now have to take a look at Norichika Aoki and Justin Maxwell who both came to the club this offseason from Kansas City, and Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez who return from last season as potential replacements for Pence until he is able to return sometime in late-May or early-June. The club faces stiff competition this season from the Los Angeles Dodgers and an improved San Diego Padres club, so missing the heart of their line-up could prove to be extremely costly if someone else does not step up to help get the club out to a strong start once regular season play begins in April.



Robert Gonzalez

Cleveland Indians Correspondent