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Hunter Pence on his way to rejoin Giants



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CINCINNATI (AP) — Outfielder Hunter Pence was on his way to rejoin the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, fully recovered from a broken forearm.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence felt good after a one-week rehab assignment in the minors and was flying to Cincinnati. He could be activated on Saturday before the third game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pence's left forearm was broken by a pitch from the Cubs' Corey Black on March 5. He went 5 for 17 with two homers in five games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento.

"The last couple of games, he said he's never felt better," said Bochy, who spoke with him on Friday.

San Francisco's struggling offense could use the help. The Giants have stranded 273 runners, the most in the majors. Pence batted .277 with 20 homers and 74 RBIs last season, when the Giants won the World Series.

"An offense can always use a Hunter Pence," Bochy said. "The guy's a great player. He gives you power and speed. He's a big threat in the lineup. I think any lineup can use a Hunter Pence."

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