Hunter Pence isn’t having the smoothest of seasons.
The former Arlington High School and UT Arlington star missed much of the past two months after needing surgery to repair his right hamstring, and now this.
Pence fouled a ball off his face during a game on Aug. 6. Pence stayed in the game. He struck out in that at-bat but later singled, walked and scored a run.
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The next day, Pence posted a selfie on Twitter showing off the shiner under his right eye with the comment, “I forget that I have a black eye and I scare people.”
Pence’s batting average was just .171 in the first 10 games in August. The Giants are 6-6 since he returned from the disabled list July 30. They’re trying to hold off the Dodgers atop the National League West.
“If I’m OK to play, I want to give it everything I can,” Pence said. “I don’t claim to be anything special or tough. I just want to play. It’s an honor to be out there with those guys and a privilege to play for the Giants. It’s awesome.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was impressed how Pence stayed in the game.
“What a warrior. By the time I got there that thing was swollen,” he said. “He was adamant he wasn’t coming out.”
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