Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/25/12
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Hunter Pence didn't take batting practice Monday. He didn't shag fly balls and he didn't run. He could barely put his uniform on. Pence injured his left shoulder diving for a ball in San Diego on Sunday. He was scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday morning. But then he woke up Tuesday and, suddenly, felt fine. The MRI results showed a bruised rotator cuff, but not structural damage. So Pence showed up to the ballpark, got the go-ahead to play and then sparked the Phillies offense with a two-run home run that opened the scoring in an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks. "If I'm good to play, I'm going to be out there playing because I know in this game you deal with a lot," Pence said. "When I first came in, I was like, I can move it pretty good, let me see how it feels swinging. I really feel in my gut I'm OK to hit today. And I was." Just seeing Pence's name in the lineup sent a jolt through a Phillies clubhouse that expected him to join Chase Utley and Ryan How...
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