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Hunter Pence heading to DL with oblique strain

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Oh.

I have a feeling the odd year isn't done with this picture.
I have a feeling the odd year isn't done with this picture.
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In Hunter Pence's last plate appearance of Monday night, he appeared to grab at his back or side while going down the line. Being timid and willfully ignorant, I hoped it was a bug bite or wacky mannerism. Instead, nope, it's a strained oblique

The bright side: At least the Giants are starting to come down with injuries that aren't related to people throwing baseballs at them.

The downside: everything else.

Ryan Lollis is in the starting lineup along with Justin Maxwell on Tuesday, which gives you a great preview of what the outfield is going to look like without Pence. There's no word on any possible DL time, but let me ask you this: Have you ever heard a player say, "I had a little problem with my oblique, but a couple days of rest cleared that right up"? You have not. Obliques are always, always, always two weeks, and that's the best-case scenario.

Edit: Yup.

If there's good news, it's that Norichika Aoki has been symptom-free since going on the 7-day DL, so at least the entire outfield isn't going to be out for very long. If you're scoring at home, that's 17 lineups with the projected Opening Day lineup of Aoki/Pagan/Pence, 102 lineups without. I don't know why we pay attention to a single danged thing in the offseason.