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Josh Jung won’t return to Rangers’ lineup before All-Star break

(Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports)

 

ARLINGTON —  Josh Jung didn’t have anything new to report Wednesday afternoon on the status of his right wrist.

Still not swinging, still not throwing.

Manager Bruce Bochy, though, had an update. Jung won’t be back until after the All-Star break.

The third baseman has been shut down for a week to allow for more time for the inflammation and soreness in the wrist to subside enough for him to begin full baseball activities again.

The hope is Jung is feeling better next week and can resume a rehab assignment a few days later. The All-Star break arrives July 14, and the second half begins July 19. That would be the soonest Jung could return.

“We’re going to back him off a little bit,” Bochy said. “We’ll give him up to a week to let this thing calm down so it doesn’t flare up anymore.”

The past few weeks have been frustrating for Jung, who was expected to return last week from the April 1 injury caused when he was struck by a Phil Maton pitch at Tampa Bay. Jung underwent surgery two days later in Arizona, where specialist Don Sheridan repaired a bone that had been broken into seven pieces.

Josh Smith has filled in at an All-Star level, though he doesn’t offer the same power threat as Jung. Smith has played so well that he will be an everyday play once Jung is back in the lineup.

The wrist injury marks the fourth straight season that Jung has undergone surgery. He needed a plate to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot in the spring of 2021, had a torn left labrum repaired in the spring of 2022 and broke his left thumb in August 2023 and had surgery.

Another Josh is also on the mend. Right-hander Josh Sborz pitched Wednesday night for Triple A Round Rock as he continues his rehab assignment. Bochy said that Sborz is healthy, but the Rangers want to make sure he is able to recover quickly and handle a heavier workload.

Outfielder Evan Carter (back) and left-hander Cody Bradford (rib) continue to rehab in Arizona, but neither is expected to return until after the All-Star break.

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger July 9, 2024

    It’s sad be couldn’t return. I was at the Orioles’ 11-2 loss recently and managed to get his autograph. However, I wish I got to see him play in person.

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