May 19, 2024

The Texas Rangers are facing yet another worrisome setback as third baseman Josh Jung has suffered a concerning injury even before official workouts for position players have begun. According to Jeff Wilson of RangersToday via social media, Jung experienced discomfort in his left calf while practicing ground balls in Surprise this morning. The team plans to conduct an MRI to assess the extent of the injury, with updates to follow. Jung, a pivotal player for the Rangers, is known for his impactful presence in the team’s batting lineup, having showcased his abilities last season with a .266 batting average, 23 home runs, and 70 RBIs. His performance earned him an All-Star nod and a fourth-place finish in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, contributing significantly to the Rangers’ historic World Series triumph.

Josh Jung injures calf during Spring Training | 02/16/2024 | MLB.com

Adding to the concern is the recent sports hernia surgery undergone by star shortstop Corey Seager during the offseason, casting doubt on his availability for Opening Day. This leaves the left side of the Rangers’ infield potentially depleted.

Despite these setbacks, the Texas Rangers remain formidable contenders in the American League, boasting a deep batting lineup featuring talents such as Marcus Semien, Nate Lowe, Evan Carter, and Adolis Garcia, in addition to Jung and Seager.

Injuries extend to the pitching staff as well, with Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Tyler Mahle sidelined until at least mid-summer.

Despite these challenges, the Rangers are determined to build on their success from last season, where they clinched a wild card spot in the playoffs and went on to claim the World Series title after defeating formidable opponents such as the Rays, Orioles, Astros, and Diamondbacks.

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