Pence is nearing the 30-day limit that is allowed for rehab assignments. Therefore, a decision is needed on him soon. The Giants have been pretty quiet on the choice they may make with him. Pence, for what it is worth, claims to be ready to return.
In the meantime, Pence has been tinkering with new swing mechanics. He still looks like a praying mantis at the plate. Just one that is hitting a little more upright. If you can imagine a praying mantis hitting a baseball, then you know what I mean.
The results have been encouraging. He is batting .323 in Sacramento, but the power seems to have disappeared. The good news is he has cut down on his strikeouts as well. It may very well be too little too late. Regardless, the effort is there on Pence’s part.
The Giants have been bitten by the injury bug. That much is obvious. However, they may have gotten lucky with Panik’s injury. He injured his thumb on his glove hand.
This could be considered good news since it is not his throwing hand. In addition to this, Panik’s glove hand is also his top hand while holding the bat. This hand is usually along for the ride on the swing. The bottom hand (his right hand) is the one the hitter throws at the ball.
As a result, Panik’s rehab is about getting game time repetitions at the plate and on the field. So far, Panik has 2 hits in 9 minor league at-bats. The results are not as important as the repetitions for Panik. The San Jose Giants play tonight. So, he will likely play one more rehab game before activation.