Hunter Pence left Sunday’s game with a groin strain after chasing a double down the line in the Texas Rangers’ 11-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
Pence will be evaluated Monday in Arlington before the Rangers begins a seven-game homestand with four against the Cleveland Indians. Both Pence and Nomar Mazara (right hamstring tightness) will have MRIs as a precaution.
“Any time somebody comes off the field limping like that there’s a high level of concern, especially for what he brings to our ball club,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.
“It looked like he got shot. It’s never a good sign. Hunter is kind of a freak so maybe he’ll be better than I anticipate. When you see a guy pull up like that it’s typically not a good sign. He’ll get an MRI tomorrow and hopefully it reveals something on the lesser side.”
If Pence is forced to go on the injured list, Willie Calhoun is likely to replace him on the roster.
Calhoun has been on the IL with a left quad strain since May 22. He started a rehab assignment on Thursday with Triple A Nashville and is eligible to return as soon as possible. Calhoun was 2-for-8 with and RBI in his first three games with Nashville.
Pence sounded optimistic after the game.