Nunez not on NL Wild Card Game roster

Third baseman nursing right hamstring strain since Sept. 25

Nunez not on NL Wild Card Game roster

NEW YORK -- Still nursing a right hamstring strain, Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez was not included on the Giants' roster for the National League Wild Card Game (ESPN, 5 p.m. PT) that was announced on Wednesday morning.

The Giants can add Nunez for the NL Division Series, which begins on Friday in Chicago against the Cubs, if they advance against the Mets. But they also had hoped to capitalize on Nunez's considerable speed against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, whose pitching motion leaves him vulnerable to basestealers. He surrendered a Major League-high 48 stolen bases this season. Nunez, the fastest Giant, stole 40 bases in 2016, including 13 in 50 games with San Francisco.

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Nunez hasn't played since he sustained his injury on Sept. 25 at San Diego. Conor Gillaspie and Kelby Tomlinson have replaced Nunez at third since he was hurt.

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Giants right fielder Hunter Pence turned into a punster and prompted laughter from reporters during his joint media availability on Tuesday with catcher Buster Posey.

Pence concluded an extended appreciation for the competitiveness of the win-or-go-home nature of the Wild Card Game by saying, "It's definitely a wild ride. That's why they call it the Wild Card."

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.