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Rangers activate Hunter Pence from IL

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The Rangers announced on Tuesday that outfielder Hunter Pence has been activated from the 10-day injured list. Outfielder Willie Calhoun has been optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Other roster moves included placing pitcher Jesse Biddle on the 10-day IL due to left shoulder fatigue and recalling pitcher Taylor Guerrieri from Nashville.

Pence, 36, had been out since mid-June due to a strained right groin. The 2019 AL All-Star resumes batting .294/.353/.608 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 215 plate appearances.

Calhoun, 24, battled a quad injury himself earlier this year. Since returning from the IL, he posted a .675 OPS with three homers in 20 games. He’ll continue to serve as outfield depth as needed through the end of the season.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.