After breaking his left forearm in spring training, Hunter Pence is finally back in action rehabbing in Sacramento. No he didn’t ride his scooter all the way to Sacramento.
On Friday night, he got huge ovations coming in from the clubhouse in left center field and notched an RBI sac fly as part of his hitless night.
On Saturday night, Raley Field was sold out and once again Pence received an enormous ovation. He popped up in his first plate appearance to right field, struck out with two runners on in the fourth. Leading off the inning in the seventh he reached second base on a throwing error by the shortstop. After reaching third on a Travis Ishikawa ground out to second, Jarrett Parker grounded a ball to first and Galves threw out Pence at home on a questionable call. He’s fine, don’t worry.
Before the game, Pence talked with the media and was asked about his rehab process:
“It’s been a long journey, for sure. Having an injury that not too many people have had, I didn’t realize the amount of work rehab really is, and how long it was going to be, and how painful,” Pence said. “It’s just a long process. Your days are really, extremely long, trying to just get the wrist back moving as quick as possible, and a lot of treatment. I owe so much gratitude to our training staff, the amount of work they put in.”
Pence talked about Sacramento:
“It’s been incredible. It’s really nice to be able to just hop in a car and drive out here, and Sacramento is a beautiful town,” Pence said. “I just got a little bit of time driving around, but you got a nice river and a beautiful stadium here. The fans were enthusiastic last night, and it’s a nice setup, and I feel pretty grateful to come here and play some ball.”
Pence about his scooter that he rides around San Francisco with:
“The scooter doesn’t have the battery life to get down here,” Pence said. “Maybe one day. That’d be pretty fun to have a little scooter to cruise around town.”
Clayton Blackburn also had his first start of the year coming back from injury and was also his first appearance in Triple-A. He went five innings, giving up 2 runs, walked 3, and struck out 4. He was throwing his fastball 89-91, change up 80-84, and his curveball 71-74 MPH.
Pence won’t play tomorrow (Sunday), but will be back in action Monday in Sacramento. The club travels to Las Vegas Tuesday, but I’m not sure if Pence will travel with them. The San Jose Giants will be in Modesto and Visalia next week.
The Isotopes defeated the River Cats 3-1.