Astros scratch OF Hunter Pence

Updated: June 18, 2011, 11:49 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Houston Astros right fielder Hunter Pence was scratched from manager Brad Mills' original lineup against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night because of a hyperextended left elbow.

The injury occurred in Friday night's 7-3 win, when Pence hit a grounder to first base and dove into the bag trying to avoid James Loney's tag. Pence, who came in fourth in the NL in hitting (.321) is scheduled to fly back to Houston on Sunday morning to get an MRI exam and rejoin the club for a road series against the Texas Rangers.

Pence leads the Astros with nine homers and 51 RBIs, has played in all but two of Houston's first 72 games. He had a 23-game hitting streak that ended on Tuesday.


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