Pence expected to return this weekend

The Phillies' Hunter Pence is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Rightfielder Hunter Pence was diagnosed with a mild strain of the patella tendon in his left knee and is expected to return during the weekend series against the Mets at Citi Field.

Pence had an MRI Wednesday. He has patella tendonitis and apparently aggravated the condition during Tuesday's first game of a day-night doubleheader against Washington.

"I feel good," Pence said. "I never really thought we needed an MRI. But it feels good. It is what it is."

Pence said he's had the same injury in the past. "The thing is, I can play on it," he said. "But it's not going to get better. The idea is to have me a little stronger. I like to be in there playing."

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