HOUSTON (AP) -The Houston Astros activated outfielder Hunter Pence from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and placed struggling starter Jason Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow.
Pence started in center field for Houston on Tuesday night against Washington.
The 23-year-old was a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year before spraining his right wrist while making a slide on July 22. Pence was hitting .330 in 73 games this season, second only to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (.341) among NL rookies. He also ranked in the top 10 among NL rookies in home runs (12), RBIs (45), runs (42) and multi-hit games (31).
Jennings, the 2002 NL Rookie of the Year, has been a disappointment since the Astros acquired him last offseason in a trade with Colorado for outfielder Willy Taveras and pitchers Jason Hirsh and Taylor Buchholz.
Jennings, who spent time on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis earlier this season, is 2-9 with a 6.45 ERA in 18 starts and hasn't won in six starts. He gave up 11 runs in the first inning against San Diego on July 29 and was pulled after getting just two outs.
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