Hunter Pence, the Texas Rangers outfielder who is the starting DH for the 2019 MLB All Star Game for the American League team, will be playing for the Frisco Roughriders tonight as he begins a rehab assignment. Pence was placed on the injured list on June 17, a move that resulted in Willie Calhoun being activated from the injured list to take his place.
The plan appears to be for Pence to play in at least a couple of games for Frisco, and it seems likely he will be activated either Thursday or Friday. The Rangers already have to make a roster move today to open up a 25 man roster spot for newly claimed lefthanded reliever Jesse Biddle, and with Pence returning later this week, the Rangers will likely have to look at sending down Calhoun, Delino DeShields or Ronald Guzman to make room for him, unless a position player ends up having to go on the injured list.
The 36 year old Pence, signed to a minor league deal this past offseason, is slashing .294/.353/.608 for the Rangers in 215 plate appearances.