When the subject of Pence's recovery was discussed during manager Bruce Bochy's pregame media briefing, a reporter remarked to the Giants manager that Williamson's considerable success as the fill-in left fielder was the proverbial "elephant in the room." Bochy paused for a moment before saying, "That's a big elephant."
This won't be an open-and-shut case of Pence automatically reclaiming his starting job when he's ready for activation from the disabled list. In 17 games before being sidelined, Pence hit .172 with three RBIs and a .190 slugging percentage. In the first four games of his recall, Williamson batted .267 with two homers, five RBIs and a .667 slugging average, and he added another home run Tuesday night against the Nationals.