Giants right fielder Hunter Pence is DL-bound after an MRI revealed an oblique strain, reports Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area (Twitter links). The team’s hope is that Pence will only be sidelined for a couple of weeks (though that’d make a very quick recovery from an oblique injury). For Wednesday’s game, they’ll play a man short, with Nori Aoki slated to return from the seven-day DL on Thursday.
The loss of Pence is the latest addition to a long list of injuries incurred by the Giants in 2015 as they strive to keep pace with the Dodgers, who currently lead the NL West by two and a half games. The Giants have been without Aoki since last week after he was diagnosed with a concussion — marking the second DL stint of the season for Aoki, who missed more than a month with a fractured fibula. Joe Panik is also on the shelf and isn’t expected back until September, which has prompted some interest in Philadelphia’s Chase Utley (though it looks like Utley will be staying put).
For Pence, this marks the third DL stint of an otherwise productive season. He’s slashing .275/.327/.478 with nine homers in 223 plate appearances this season, but the absence of his bat has sapped the Giants’ lineup of some notable punch. San Francisco has been tied to outfield bats on and off over the past month or so, and given the thin state of the club’s outfield depth — Angel Pagan is also presently on the disabled list — some form of move to fortify that area of the roster wouldn’t be all that surprising.