Pence Injures Left Shoulder; Day-to-Day
A much needed break in the midst of a 0-for-15 slump?
Not exactly. Pence injured his left shoulder diving for a ball in the third inning in yesterday’s series finale against the Padres at PETCO Park. John Mayberry Jr. is the rightfielder for tonight’s series opener against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said Pence is day-to-day.
“It is what it is,” Pence said. “I’m not in there today.”
Pence said he was uncertain if he would be available to pinch-hit tonight.
“I felt it after it happened but I had adrenaline going (Sunday) … until this morning when I woke up, I didn’t have the mobility that you need,” Pence said. “Like I said, I want to try to do more, but they don’t want me to. Hopefully it’s not a big deal, but we have to get it checked out first.”
If Pence misses a few days it will give Mayberry a shot to get into a groove. He entered tonight’s game hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
“Every night he gets to play is a chance for him,” Manuel said. “I’d leave him out there every day. He’s got to get going. He’s got to get some hits. First of all, we have to win games. The game is more important than anything else, anybody else. We need to win the game more than he needs at-bats. It’s not about one guy. It’s about 25 guys. How do you get to play? Play good.”
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