Rangers’ All-Star Hunter Pence could return this weekend

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As the Texas Rangers gear up for the second half of the season with playoff aspirations on their mind, the club could soon get back All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence in the very near future.

The 36-year-old outfielder will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday with Double-A Frisco and could rejoin the Rangers over the weekend against the Houston Astros.

Pence was first sidelined on June 17 with a strained right groin. After sitting out for two weeks, he aggravated his groin injury during his first rehab appearance. Now after taking additional time off, the Rangers hope he can make it through a few games with Double-A Frisco then rejoin the club.

Pence was voted in as the American League’s designated hitter for the 2019 All-Star Game after slashing .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs and a .961 OPS in the first half.