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Hunter Pence Headed Back To Houston For MRI, Scratched From Saturday Lineup

Hunter Pence was scratched from the lineup for tonight's game in Los Angeles due to a hyper-extended left elbow, and will fly back to Houston immediately for a Sunday morning MRI. The original injury occurred Friday night in the sixth inning when Pence dove into first base. He continued the game, going 0-5 at the plate. Pence took batting practice Saturday but couldn't go through his proper swing motion.

Clearly the extent of the injury is not yet known, but Pence hasn't hit the disabled list since 2007.

Pence is having by far his best season, batting .321, slugging .497, with 51 RBIs and has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games. He figures to be Houston's lone representative in the All-Star game, though it won't be by fan vote.

The earliest Pence could rejoin the team is Monday in Arlington when the Astros are slated to take on the Texas Rangers to kick off yet another... exciting edition of The Silver Boot Series

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