Hunter Pence has been placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday after suffering a strained left hamstring, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The good news is that it was not the same hamstring he tore in 2016, which required surgery.
“Depending on what the impending MRI shows he is likely looking at two to four weeks until he returns to play,” the Fantasy Doctor’s orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Selene Parekh, said.
It is an injury that the 15-24 Giants simply cannot afford. Pence is second on the team with 16 RBI thus far this season. However, he is having a slower start than fantasy owners are accustomed to. He is batting .243 with a .289 on-base percentage and has hit just three home runs. The only thing keeping the 34-year-old relevant in fantasy leagues this season has been his name. He could be safely be dropped unless your disabled list roster spot is vacant.
In a corresponding move, the team promoted outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A to fill Pence’s spot on the roster. He has yet to play for the Major League club in 2017, but he had six home runs and 15 RBI while batting .223 in 112 Major League at-bats last season. Prior to his promotion, he had three home runs and 10 RBI while batting .266 in Triple-A.
Williamson is in the lineup and batting eighth in Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he is not a fantasy option at this point and could even be sharing right field duties in Pence’s absence. Veterans Justin Ruggiano and Michael Morse could also see more playing time, though Morse has not played the position since 2013.
The Giants were already the lowest scoring offense in the National League, but losing Pence, even in a bad year, really hurts the team’s chances of making up ground. More pressure will be put on Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to anchor the team’s offense.
The team will be forced to rely even more heavily on their pitching after an already anemic offense lost Pence to injury. However, the team has sixth highest ERA in baseball. This Giants team is currently performing like one of the worst team’s in all of baseball right now, surprisingly so, considering their recent success.