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San Francisco Giants: Pence to DL, Williamson called up

Apr 14, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) rounds third base on his way to score during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Rockies 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) rounds third base on his way to score during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park. The Giants defeated the Rockies 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The San Francisco Giants have seen All-Stars Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford spend time on the disabled list this season, and now Hunter Pence joins the list.

Hunters Pence was placed on the 10-day DL today with an injured hamstring. Mac Williamson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to the San Francisco Giants, replacing him on the roster.

Pence strained his hamstring a few days ago and had only been available to pinch hit. This is the fifth time in the last three seasons that Pence has been placed on the disabled list.

With the Giants having won four of their last five, it will be important to have a full 25 man roster heading into tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Williamson began the year on the disabled list as well with a quadriceps strain, but has 80 at bats for the Sacramento River Cats this year with a slashline of .274/.338/.452 for an OPS of .790. That is a huge improvement over his slow start. In his first 8 games of his rehab assignment, Williamson slashed .226/.250/.323 for an OPS of only .573.

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With Justin Ruggiano taking over in right field the last few games, Williamson will likely take over in left field for Eduardo Nunez. Nunez has struggled most of the season at the plate and was out of position playing in left.

Nunez has slowly been building his numbers up, so it is possible Nunez will remain in the starting lineup.

Pence’s DL stint is retroactive to Saturday, which makes him eligible to come back May 22.

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The San Francisco Giants begin their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:15 PST as Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3:10 ERA) goes against Matt Cain (2-1, 4.54 ERA.)

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