The San Francisco Giants have activated Hunter Pence from the disabled list and have designated Ramiro Pena for assignment, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. Pence is playing right field and batting fifth tonight for San Francisco against the Washington Nationals.
Hunter Pence is officially off the DL. Ramiro Pena designated for assignment.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) July 30, 2016
Pence, 33, was slashing .298/.375/.486 in 208 plate appearances before he tore his right hamstring in June. After a setback in his first rehab game he played six more games and hit .417 with 3 home runs. He didn’t look 100 percent running the bases and said a week ago that he was “working through some stuff.” It’s unclear if he was brought back earlier than expected, but the first diagnosis said eight weeks and that eight week mark is the first week of August.
The Giants have five major-league-caliber outfielders on the club with Angel Pagan, Denard Span, Gregor Blanco, Mac Williamson, and now Pence making days off doable. We could see Pence receive a couple days off a week to ensure health because their depth allows that to happen.
Pena, 31, was a valuable option for the Giants as he slashed .299/.330/.425 while spending time at second and third base. If he passes through waivers he could accept assignment to Triple-A Sacramento or refuse and become a free agent. He could still re-sign if he refused, but he would have the option of going elsewhere. Pena would presumably have a decent chance at being added to a 40-man roster for September, but with the recent acquisition of Eduardo Nunez the Giants might not need the help. Matt Duffy and Ehire Adrianza are also due back soon.
It was announced by the Giants that Duffy is starting his rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento today and will play five innings.
Pence returned from rehab and activated off DL. Pena designated for assignment. Duffy placed on rehab at Sac. Will play 5 innings today.
— #WeAreSF (@SFGiants) July 30, 2016