|Bats / Throws||Right / Right|
|Date of Birth||4/13/1983|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 220 lbs|
|From||Fort Worth, TX|
|Drafted||2004 - Rd 2|
Pence went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to Arizona.
Pence returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing a month with a groin injury. To make room for Pence, the Rangers sent Willie Calhoun back to Triple-A, which should alleviate any concerns of a crowded outfield limiting Pence's plate appearances.
Pence (groin) has been activated from the 10-day injured list and will serve as the DH and No. 3 hitter Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Pence has been on the shelf since June 17, but after being given the green light during Monday's medical evaluation, he's back in the starting nine for Tuesday's matchup. He pieced together an incredible first half of the season at the dish, slashing .294/.353/.608 with 15 homers and 48 RBI over 55 contests, so the Rangers will be eager to get his bat back in the lineup.
Pence (groin) will undergo a medical evaluation Monday and is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Diamondbacks, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pence reported no issues with his groin while playing each of the past four days with Double-A Frisco, so Monday's checkup is viewed as a formality more than anything else. Texas may be judicious in its initial usage of Pence in the outfield with him coming off a month-long absence due to the injury, but the designated-hitter spot presents a path for the All-Star to see steady at-bats once he's reinstated. Prior to landing on the IL, Pence was in the midst of a resurgent season, posting a .294 average and 15 home runs across 215 plate appearances.
Manager Chris Woodward said Pence's (groin) third rehab start Saturday went well, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Pence wanted to get in two more rehab games over the weekend after going 0-for-10 with five strikeouts over his first three games. He went a combined 3-for-8 while striking out just once in games Saturday and Sunday. He could be activated in time for Tuesday's series-opener against the Diamondbacks.
Pence (groin) will play two additional rehab games and is expected to be activated off the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
There was a chance Pence could have rejoined the Rangers on Saturday, but he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's contest and wants a couple more games with Double-A Frisco to get back up to speed. Assuming the 36-year-old returns Tuesday as expected, he'll have spent exactly a month on the IL due to the right groin strain.