Giants might place Hunter Pence on DL

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May 14, 2017 - 3:48pm
Giants might place Hunter Pence on DL A manager would love to have a team of 25 Hunter Pences who are gung-ho to play even if they are ailing. At some point, truth becomes more important than derring-do. Bruce Bochy explained that Sunday as he hinted that Pence might be headed to the 10-day disabled list with a left-hamstring strain. Hunter is one of those guys who comes in and says, 'I feel great. Pence had an MRI. Bochy was waiting for general manager Bobby Evans to arrive to discuss whether to put Pence on the DL or keep him active and available to pinch-hit until the hamstring improves. If the Giants decide on the DL, they likely would promote Mac Williamson or Orlando Calixte from Triple-A. Both are on the 40-man roster. Pence missed two months last season after hamstring surgery on the other leg. Bochy had good things to say about Stanford product Austin Slater, who fell a triple short of the cycle at high-altitude Colorado Springs on Saturday and is hitting .310 with an .800 OPS for Sacramento. The 24-year-old outfielder is not on the 40-man, however, making an immediate callup less likely. Closer throwing: Mark Melancon, on the DL with a right-pronator strain, played catch for the second day in a row and might toss a light bullpen session off the mound Monday. Melancon is eligible to return from the forearm injury Tuesday, but he will need more time. GIANTS vs. Span CF Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: hschulman@sfchronicle.com


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