SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was activated Saturday and in the starting lineup against the Nationals after missing 48 games with a strained right hamstring that required surgery.
San Francisco hopes Pence will bring some much-needed life to a club that had lost 11 of 13 since the All-Star break.
Newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez made his first start since joining the team in a trade from Minnesota on Thursday and having his first at-bat Friday. Nunez was playing shortstop Saturday because Brandon Crawford, who lined into a bases-loaded triple play during Friday's 4-1 loss, had a sore left hand from a swing early in the game.
Center fielder Denard Span also was out of the lineup because of a tender quadriceps from a collision at home plate Friday.
The Giants designated for assignment infielder Ramiro Pena to clear roster room for Pence's return.