It has been a rocky season for the San Francisco Giants. They entered the 2015 season hoping to defend their status as the reigning champions, but unfortunately, not a lot has gone their way as they have dealt with injuries to their lineup all season.
Veteran right fielder and leader Hunter Pence has dealt with injuries most of the season and is currently dealing with an oblique injury. He was hoping to make it back before the season ends, but that may not be happening as Bruce Bochy has indicated that the club may consider shutting him down for the rest of the season, as reported by Alex Pavlovic of the CSN Bay Area.
It’s not that surprising to hear the Giants may shut down Pence for the rest of the season. The club currently sits at 75-68 but are 7.5 games back behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West Division. The Giants’ hopes to win the NL West look bleak, and their wild card hopes aren’t much better as they are also 7.5 games out of the second wild card spot behind the upstart Chicago Cubs.
Having Pence sit out the rest of the season would definitely send a signal to the clubhouse that they are conceding this season. It would be a tough pill to swallow for the players, but it is an understandable decision. Pence hasn’t played since mid-August and has really struggled to stay healthy all season. Shutting him down now gives him the time he needs to get healthy and gear up for next season. He is the leader of the team and it is important that he is at 100 percent for next season when the Giants can hopefully do a little tinkering with their roster and re-tool for another run at the postseason in 2016.
Nothing official has been decided as Pence was set to take batting practice today to determine whether or not he will be able to return this season.