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Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Hunter Pence Dealing With Shoulder Injury

Outfielder Hunter Pence is the latest member of the Philadelphia Phillies to get hit by the injury bug, as the right fielder hurt his shoulder diving for a fly ball in the outfield last game.

Pence will see a doctor sometime before the start of tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but the team does not know the extent of his injury. He is not available to pinch hit today and John Mayberry, Jr. will be starting in his place.

This season, Pence is hitting .258/.313/.387 with two home runs, seven RBIs, and two stolen bases in 67 plate appearances, although he is 0 for his last 15 at the plate. Mayberry will be batting cleanup for the Phillies in place of Pence. The Phillies – already without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley – are now without Pence for a short time, and the offense will assuredly struggle even more than it has been struggling.

Pence was acquired in a trade from the Houston Astros last July, and he provided a spark for the Phillies down the stretch, hitting .324 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 236 plate appearances. He ended 2011 with a .314/.370/.502 statline to go with 22 home runs, 97 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. Pence made the NL All-Star team and finished 16th in the league MVP voting.

Pence becomes a free agent after the 2013 season and he will likely command a sizeable contract in the range of $75-100 million, especially as the lone right-handed power bat on the Phillies.