May 26, 2024

Texas Rangers’ star third baseman Josh Jung, who earned All-Star honors in 2023, has encountered an injury setback just before the commencement of spring training. While participating in fielding drills on Friday, Jung appeared to strain his calf muscle, prompting concerns about his fitness heading into the 2024 season.

Josh Jung leaves Texas Rangers workout with left calf discomfort

The 26-year-old Jung, who solidified his role as the Rangers’ regular third baseman during last year’s spring training in Surprise, Arizona, will undergo an MRI to assess the extent of the injury. Further updates on Jung’s condition will be provided by the team following the diagnostic assessment.

During his rookie season, Jung showcased his talent by contributing 23 home runs and 70 RBIs, with a batting line of .266/.315/.467. Notably, he played a pivotal role in the Rangers’ remarkable postseason campaign, where they clinched a surprising World Series victory after an unprecedented 11-0 road record. Against formidable opponents like the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, and Arizona Diamondbacks, Jung demonstrated his prowess with a postseason batting line of .308/.329/.538, accompanied by three home runs and eight RBIs.

As the Rangers aim to sustain their momentum from the previous season under the guidance of veteran manager Bruce Bochy, Jung’s health remains a crucial factor in their quest for continued success.

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