SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Despite a cast on his left arm, Hunter Pence arrived upbeat in the San Francisco Giants clubhouse on Friday.
Pence is expected to miss six to eight weeks after a pitch by the Chicago Cubs’ Corey Black fractured his left forearm on Thursday.
“I heal pretty fast, generally, usually quicker than I’m supposed to,” Pence said.
Pence has played in 383 consecutive games — the longest active streak in the majors — since the Giants traded for him in July 2012. He hit .277 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI last year for the World Series champion Giants.
Black reached out to Pence on Twitter, saying he hopes he heals quickly.
“You can never be upset when you’re competing and something like that happens and there’s no malicious intent,” Pence said. “It really couldn’t have happened at a much better time. I have a lot of time to get healthy and get back to the regular-season games. I’m grateful that it was timed this early.”
Pence said he didn’t know how long he’d need to get ready after the arm heals.
“I think a lot of that is mental,” he said. “There are ways, things that can help you get your timing back.”
Juan Perez, who hit .170 in 61 games last season, started in Pence’s place Friday in right field against the Texas Rangers.