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Hunter Pence and pitcher who broke his arm have friendly Twitter exchange


The San Francisco Giants on Thursday were on the receiving end of some pretty bad news when the team learned that outfielder Hunter Pence will miss between six and eight weeks after suffering a broken forearm when he was hit by a pitch.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Corey Black was the one who threw the ball that busted Pence’s arm, and in a classy act, reached out to the Giants star on Twitter to express his regrets.

Even cooler, Pence replied and in another demonstration of class, told the 23-year-old minor leaguer that everything was okay between them and that things unfortunately just happen.

Black’s tweet echoes what he said on Friday when he expressed how devastated he was with what happened.

“I don’t like seeing it a lot,” Black said, via the Chicago Tribune. “My heart goes out to him. I hope he heals quick and gets back better than ever.”

Black stressed that the inside fastball that hit Pence wasn’t intentional.

“You don’t want to hurt anybody,” he continued. “You don’t try to hit anybody. It feels bad, especially for my first game in spring training. It’s a bad way to start, but today is a new day and you got to get better and kind of forget about it.”

Black said he was appreciative of how many Giants fans reacted favorably to his social media apology.

“I was actually kind of excited about the Giants fans saying ‘don’t worry, it’s part of the game,’ or something like that,” he said. “It made me feel better. But there’s always two or three people who have their negative comments, and you just got to let it go.”

Pence also took to Twitter to express his thanks for all the support.

Pence, who has played in 383 straight games, which is the longest current streak in Major League Baseball, may be down now, but he’s certainly not out. At least for long.

[H/T Hardball Talk, photo credit: Chicago Sun-Times]