Bochy says Pence admits rest would help

Giants right fielder has played in 383 consecutive games

Bochy says Pence admits rest would help

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence probably won't play all 162 games this season.

Manager Bruce Bochy revealed Tuesday that he and Pence discussed the wisdom of an occasional rest. Pence, who has appeared in 383 consecutive games, admitted to Bochy that he should have excused himself occasionally late last season due to a sore back.

"But he kept going out there, forcing it," Bochy said. "He realized he would have benefited from a day off here or there."

Pence, 31, played all but 23 defensive innings last year. His consecutive-games streak is the third-longest in franchise history, behind Bill Terry (468, 1930-33) and George Burns (459, 1915-17).

Pence had plenty of energy before Tuesday's first full-squad workout, as he delivered what several people described as a "passionate" talk to his teammates. Pence wasn't available for comment while the clubhouse was open to reporters.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.