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Giants send down Christian Arroyo, Pence activated from DL

The Giants announced they demoted rookie infielder Christian Arroyo ahead of Sunday’s game as Hunter Pence was activated from the disabled list. Arroyo, the apparent third baseman of the future for San Francisco, got off to a strong start with the big club after being promoted in late-April and played solid defense throughout his time with the Giants, but his bat struggled mightily of late.

In 34 MLB games, Arroyo hit .192 with three home runs and 14 RBI while playing second base, third base and shortstop. He will return to Triple-A Sacramento for the time being, where he hit .446 with three homers in 16 games back in April. Arroyo will have to get his swing back on track but will likely return to San Francisco at some point in the relatively near future for another extended look.

Meanwhile, Pence is activated from the DL after recovering from a hamstring injury. He played three rehab games with Single-A San Jose and got three hits in 10 at-bats. Pence is not in the lineup on Sunday but would likely be available to pinch hit in the finale against the Phillies. The Giants and Phillies will face off in the rubber match at 10:35 a.m. as Matt Moore takes on Jeremy Hellickson.


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