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Hunter Pence diagnosed with patella tendon strain, may play this weekend

Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Pence may feel great, but an MRI exam revealed a strained patella tendon and he’s not in the lineup today.  According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com the team is hoping he can play at some point over the weekend.

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Hunter Pence missed Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader after limping around with knee soreness in Game 1, but woke up today feeling good and naturally tweeted his own injury update:

Knee is feeling great everyone thanks for your concern. Excited to get back at it today. No complacency.

Pence has played through knee problems all season and manager Charlie Manuel said that he “was wanting to play” in Game 2, but the Phillies thought better of it. It was the first game Pence has missed since leaving the Astros.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Thank god!!! I was about to jump off a bridge before I heard this.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 1:54 PM

      And collective mutters can be heard from biceps haters around the web…

  2. pkers - Sep 21, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Maybe he ate one of those Nutrigrain bars…

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Purely precautionary. According to Pence, “”The good news is I could play today, but we’re trying to make the best decision and this is what we feel is the best.”

  4. xmatt0926x - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Please be telling the truth Phillies organization!! Any Phillies fan knows that it always starts as “day to day” and ends up weeks on the DL. The offense is going through one of its several dead stages it goes through every year and Pence is about the only threat at this point.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      This isn’t an Utley situation where he is nowhere to be found and certainly won’t be forthcoming to the media. Pence has said he is fine and could play today. No worries about this.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:44 PM

      Heck even Pence was hitting into DPs, he could use a couple of days off.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    Bastardo is tipping his pitches. I’m not 100% sure what he is doing, but he is tipping them.

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