The day after the Rangers’ Hunter Pence was faraway from the American League roster, the 36-year-old MLB veteran of 13 seasons selected to not dwell on lacking out on his first All-Star begin over concern of aggravating a groin damage in what quantities to an exhibition.
Requested how dissatisfied he’s, Pence gave reporters his reply Thursday (by way of the Fort Price Star-Telegram) in three quick phrases: “Not at all.”
It is a matter of seeing the massive image, on a few ranges.
First, that he was voted the AL’s beginning designated hitter was mind-blowing sufficient, Pence stated, contemplating the winter he endured as a veteran free agent.
“Would I thought I even would have the choice to be disappointed about going to an All-Star Game last year in the offseason when I didn’t even have a job, it’s all perspective,” Pence stated (by way of WFAA-TV). “It’s an amazing opportunity that I got selected. I got hurt on the field in a big league game playing as hard as I can and that happens.”
#Rangers DH Hunter Pence could possibly be dissatisfied that his damage will hold him out of the All-Star Sport, after he was named a starter final week.
As an alternative, take heed to him spit some knowledge… pic.twitter.com/PsEiEFnHrx
– Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) July 4, 2019
Second, he stated, his main obligation is to be accessible daily for the Rangers, who at 47-40 enter the weekend earlier than the All-Star break 1 half video games out of the second AL wild card spot. He’s on the 10-day injured listing and was on a rehab project Monday at Double-A Frisco when he felt tightness within the groin whereas operating.
Now, Pence – .294/.353/.608 with with 15 dwelling runs and 48 RBIs – is anticipated again when the Rangers open the second half Thursday in opposition to the AL West-leading Astros, and he did not need to jeopardize being prepared by taking an opportunity in Cleveland.
“I put everything into playing every day,” Pence stated. “It’s part of the job. These things happen. It’s still just an honor to go. I would have love to have played, but we’re right of that cusp where I’m so close to being back. The main focus is playing the regular-season games, giving everything we have to make a playoff run and chase the dream of winning a World Series.”
Pence will be a part of fellow Rangers All-Stars Joey Gallo and Mike Minor subsequent week in Cleveland for the festivities. (Like Pence, Minor will not take part as a result of he’s scheduled to pitch Sunday).
Purple Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts took Pence’s place on the AL roster, and Purple Sox DH J.D. Martinez, who completed second to Pence within the fan voting however first within the participant vote, was named to interchange Pence.