Pence activated from IL by Rangers, Calhoun back to minors

Tue Jul 16 4:44pm ET

Players: Hunter Pence, Jesse Biddle, Willie Calhoun

In this May 29, 2019, file photo, Texas Rangers' Hunter Pence is greeted in the dugout after he scored on an RBI single hit by Asdrubal Cabrera during the first inning of a baseball game in Seattle. Pence was being wished well in retirement last year. Next week, he'll be at the All-Star Game representing the Rangers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)


Marcus Stroman, of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Hunter Pence, of the Texas Rangers, pose for a photo as the American League players take batting practice before the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, left, high-fives Willie Calhoun on his two-run home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun rounds the bases on a two-run home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Tyler Duffey in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have activated Hunter Pence from the injured list after he missed 23 games and his chance to start in the All-Star Game.

Pence, out since June 17 with a right groin strain, was activated before Tuesday night's game against Arizona. He was set to bat third as the designated hitter.

Outfielder Willie Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. The Rangers also selected the contract of right-hander Taylor Guerrieri from Nashville after left-hander Jesse Biddle was placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue.

Pence hit .294 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in his 55 games before getting hurt. He was voted by fans as the American League's starting designated hitter but couldn't play in last week's game while still recovering from his injury.

Calhoun, who started 17 games while Pence was out, has hit .277 with five homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games overall this season.

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