Renfroe returns to El Paso on rehab assignment

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - It's been a rough start to the month of May for the El Paso Chihuahuas, but manager Rod Barajas was able to plug-in a familiar face into the cleanup spot in his lineup, Thursday. Hunter Renfroe, the 2016 PCL MVP, returned to Southwest University Park for the start of his rehab assignment.

Renfroe is a Chihuahuas fan favorite and was a member of the 2016 PCL championship team, belting a franchise record 30 home runs in the regular season.

"I love it here. This is one of my favorite stops I've ever been to, by far," said Renfroe. "I think El Paso and the community here is close-knit, tight, and I think there is a lot of culture here for baseball. I think it's an unbelievable atmosphere here every single night that we come and play. It's because of them though, not because of us." 

Renfroe hit 26 home runs last season in his rookie year with the San Diego Padres. He was poised for an even bigger year in 2018, but has been battling an elbow injury since the start of the season. Renfroe has been on the disabled list since April 21.

"I feel good. I feel pretty much at 100% and ready to come back and play some competitive baseball," said Renfroe. "I'm excited to be here, play some games in front of these fans, and play under the lights."

Renfroe is expected to rehab with El Paso through the homestand, possibly returning to the Padres at some point next week.

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