Hunter Pence is out for as long as two months with a broken arm after getting hit by a pitch and the pitcher issued an apology to the San Francisco Giants outfielder.
The most important part about spring training is breaking camp with everyone on the roster healthy and ready for the grind of a 162-game schedule.
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Unfortunately, injuries are a part of sports and the San Francisco Giants are finding that out in the first few days of spring training after losing Hunter Pence to a broken arm after he was hit by a pitch from Corey Black of the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
The pitch broke Pence’s left forearm and is expected to be sidelined for six-eight weeks, so he is looking at a return to the lineup in late-April or the first week of May in all likelihood, provided he doesn’t suffer any setbacks.
Black felt terrible about hitting Pence and felt even worse when he learned Pence is going to miss time with the broken arm so he tweeted at Pence and offered an apology.
This was a classy gesture by the Cubs prospect to reach out to Pence and offer up a get well soon message and even classier move from the veteran Pence to shake it off quickly and attribute it to being “a part of the game.”
I’m sure he’s upset about having his arm broken and being sidelined for the rest of spring training and missing the start of the regular season, so he could have directed his frustration toward Black. However, cooler heads prevailed and Pence took it all in stride like a true professional.
I’m not so sure there aren’t some fans of Pence and the Giants who wouldn’t have acted so kindly about the prospect of losing one of the team’s top hitters as they begin their defense of their World Series title.
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