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Hunter hurts groin, All-Star status in jeopardy

Posted on: July 8, 2009 9:27 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2009 9:30 pm

The Los Angeles Angels and the American League may each be down an outfielder: Torii Hunter, battling a groin strain in recent days, underwent an MRI exam on Wednesday and is in jeopardy of having to scratch from Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Hunter, whose groin has been bothering him since he ran into a wall in Dodger Stadium in May, felt it grab as he was running to first base in Tuesday night's loss to Texas. He was diagnosed with a strained groin and adductor muscle and was waiting for Dr. Lewis Yocum, the team orthopedist, to read the MRI exam Wednesday evening.

Hunter, who was named an All-Star for the third time in his decorated career Sunday, was downcast when discussing his status for St. Louis.

"It's up in the air," Hunter said. "It's cloudy right now.

"I'll see what the doctor's going to say and we'll go from there. We're going to re-evaluate it on Friday. The main goal is to be healthy for the second half."

Hunter was not in Wednesday's lineup against Texas. The Angels have an off day on Thursday, which means Hunter is in line for two days of rest depending on what the team medical staff says regarding his status for Friday night's series opener against the New York Yankees.

"For Torii to not be able to go, you know it's significant," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Hopefully, it'll change directions."

Hunter was planning to take his wife and two sons to the All-Star Game with him.

"I really want to go," Hunter said. "It's my first one with the Angels. I really want to go represent the Angels organization and fans, and represent them well."

Meantime, Angels outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, who left Tuesday night's game with a strained muscle behind his left knee, also was held out of Wednesday's lineup after undergoing tests.

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