Time is running out for Hunter Pence to play again this season. But he did make one thing clear as he tries to overcome a lower back injury: He is going to do everything possible to get back on the field before the season is over.
“I need to do my due diligence for baseball, my teammates, the Rangers and the fans,” Pence said. “It means more than making the playoffs or not making the playoffs. There is the integrity to the game, myself, the team, everybody, to try and get back as best I can. It’s an honor to take the field.”
Pence has not been on the field since Aug. 22 because of a lower back strain. Pence also revealed that he has a light tear in the disk. He had a pain-relieving injection in his back and has started doing rotational activities but has not resumed swinging a bat.
After the Rangers finish their three-game series with the Rays, they will have 14 games to play. It would seem to be a longshot at best for Pence to get back on the field.
“I think there is a legitimate chance, but I don’t think it’s a definite chance,” Pence said when asked of his return. “To be honest, I just don’t know. I have to get to where I can swing good.”
The question is if Pence will need surgery after the season.