Pence out 6-8 weeks, tweets with pitcher who hit him

Right fielder has non-displaced fracture in left forearm resulting from getting hit by pitch

Pence out 6-8 weeks, tweets with pitcher who hit him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The season hasn't started, but the Giants are already down a starting outfielder.

Hunter Pence was hit by a Corey Black pitch in the sixth inning of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, suffering a non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his left forearm. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

@CblackCHC It happens my friend. Thanks for the concern, it's a part of the game we love. No slowing down!

- Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) March 6, 2015

"It doesn't look good," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said immediately after the Giants' 8-6 victory over the Cubs, as Pence was headed for X-rays to confirm the injury.

Pence told Black, "It happens, my friend," after Black tweeted, "Lost for words. Hope you heal fast @hunterpence hitting someone is never a good feeling. Hurting someone is even worse."

Pence replied: "It happens my friend. Thanks for the concern, it's a part of the game we love. No slowing down!"

Bochy on Pence's injury

Pence played in all 162 games in each of the past two seasons and hit .277 with 20 home runs and 74 RBIs in 2014.

The outfielder has played in 383 consecutive games, the longest active streak in baseball. It appears that streak will come to an end on Opening Day.

"Hunter, he's always upbeat, optimistic," Bochy said. "He was trying to move out of the way and it kind of ran in and caught him there, but hey, it happens. ... I guess the silver lining is it's this early in spring so that at least we'll have a month to start the healing process."

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In the meantime, the Giants will continue to give reps in the outfield to Nori Aoki, Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez and non-roster invitee Justin Maxwell.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.