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Renfroe out of lineup with stiff neck

Padres hope right fielder will avoid DL
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PHILADELPHIA -- Dealing with a stiff neck, Hunter Renfroe was out of the Padres' lineup on Sunday, but the club is hopeful the rookie right fielder will avoid a stint on the disabled list.

It's been a rough weekend for Renfroe, who took a fastball off his left wrist on Friday and exited that game early. Then, on Saturday, he doubled off the end of his bat in the seventh inning and felt his neck tighten on the swing. He was replaced by Matt Szczur in the bottom half of the frame, and Szczur took Renfroe's spot in right on Sunday.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Dealing with a stiff neck, Hunter Renfroe was out of the Padres' lineup on Sunday, but the club is hopeful the rookie right fielder will avoid a stint on the disabled list.

It's been a rough weekend for Renfroe, who took a fastball off his left wrist on Friday and exited that game early. Then, on Saturday, he doubled off the end of his bat in the seventh inning and felt his neck tighten on the swing. He was replaced by Matt Szczur in the bottom half of the frame, and Szczur took Renfroe's spot in right on Sunday.

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"We'll extend his All-Star break, hope he comes off the All-Star break feeling better," said Padres manager Andy Green. "It's just one of those things where he took a swing, it kind of grabbed on him, and he's feeling it today."

In 85 games this season, Renfroe is batting .231/.287/.449 with 16 homers, tied for the team lead. He's yet to miss significant time due to injury, and the Padres are hopeful he won't start now.

"It'll be about how he responds to this," Green said. "If it turns out coming out of the All-Star break he's still hurting, we'd probably consider the DL at that point in time. But we're not at that point to really discuss that."

Worth noting

Yangervis Solarte has progressed to taking swings from the left side, as he continues to recover from a strained oblique. He could begin getting hacks from the right side later this week, and the Padres are hopeful he's ready for a rehab stint in a week or two.

Miguel Diaz has begun playing catch, as he recovers from a right forearm strain. He's been doing extensive work with his legs, as the Padres look to involve his lower half more in his delivery. The Padres believe doing so will help his velocity and protect him from injury at the same time.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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