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Hunter Pence to undergo precautionary MRI for patellar tendinitis

Sep 20, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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The Phillies have dropped four games in a row, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the Nationals today. Big deal. Now here’s something to potentially worry about.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Hunter Pence has patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will undergo a precautionary MRI tomorrow.

Pence left the first game of today’s doubleheader in the sixth inning with the injury, which Charlie Manuel said was the result of “sliding or something.” He was held out of the lineup for the second game, but downplayed the situation in comments to Salisbury, saying that the knee was “a little tight” and that they were “just trying to be smart.” The Phillies have already clinched their division and home field advantage, so they can afford to play it safe here, but we’ll soon learn if there is legitimate reason for concern.

Pence is batting .317/.386/.541 with nine home runs, 28 RBI and a .927 OPS over 47 games since being acquired from the Astros at the trade deadline.

UPDATE: Pence tells Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he has played with the injury all season and that he doesn’t believe it’s serious.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Cue cup0piza and dirtyharry1971: “I hope Hunter Pence is hurt.”

  2. jimbo1949 - Sep 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Ruh roh.

  3. Francisco (FC) - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    Wow he’s been playing hurt all season? Imagine how much better he’d be playing if he was 100% healthy! LOL!

  4. cup0pizza - Sep 20, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Dude needs to stop being on his knees all the time like these phillies homers.

    • jeffhink - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      I know plenty of gay guys that can hit a ball better than you.

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

      You are such a homophobic idiot. Why not mix it up once in a while and troll threads not associated with the Phillies, moron? How are your beloved bankrupt (financially) Dodgers doing these days? You know, the team run by the bankrupt (morally) owner? Troll.

      • cup0pizza - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

        Sweet personal attack, but that’s what you attack dog homers resort to en masse on here. U mad, bro?

  5. Jonny 5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    This guy plays the game the right way. He busts it up the line every. single. time. He’s got speed and even though you’d never teach his swing to anyone it works, and it works well. Scrappy Gamer indeed That Mr. Pence…

    • Utley's Hair - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM

      I have it on good authority—my gut and hope—that ThreePence will be fine. At least the Phightins know about it this time, not at spring training, like Utley.

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:23 AM

        How’s it been UH?

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM

        Hey, Jonny. Hangin’ in there. Howzabout you?

      • Jonny 5 - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM

        Same ole sh—– different day..

      • Utley's Hair - Sep 21, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        I hear ya.

    • Bill - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

      Busting it up the line on every ball in play is waaaay overrated. I’d rather a player as valuable as Pence not risk some sort of injury sprinting out a weak grounder just so he can be thrown out by two fewer steps. Sometimes, hustle is dangerous.

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Pence is really down playing this. He said that he wanted to play last night but they wouldn’t let him. He went on to say that he can play tonight….I doubt he does though.

    • soccermom17540 - Sep 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      My daughter has the same condition. It’s annoying and bothersome but not DL worthy. The off-season should help him get over it but he should also be able to play through it without a lot of issues.

      Won’t matter if they can’t revive the offense!

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