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Justin Foscue latest added to Rangers injured list; Davis Wendzel promoted

(Round Rock Express)

 

ARLINGTON — Justin Foscue’s first career hit and RBI on Sunday night came at a cost.

The rookie infielder landed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained left oblique, and the Rangers purchased the Triple A contract of infielder Davis Wendzel.

The Rangers moved third baseman Josh Jung (broken arm) to the 60-day injured list to create a spot on the 40-man roster for Wendzel. That pair shared Big 12 Player of the Year honors in 2019 and were the Rangers’ first two selections in the 2019 draft.

The club was still trying to determine the severity of Foscue’s injury, but the 2020 first-rounder (14th overall, Mississippi State) wasn’t going to be ready by Tuesday. The Rangers face A’s left-hander Alex Wood and might want a right-handed bat to play third base instead of the lefty-hitting Josh Smith.

Ezequiel Duran would likely slide to first base against lefties and give the lefty-hitting Jared Walsh the day off.

In moving Jung to the 60-day IL, the Rangers are betting that he will need closer to 10 weeks of the eight- to 10-week window Dr. Don Sheridan recommended after operating on Jung last week in Arizona.

Wendzel impressed in spring training, his first with manager Bruce Bochy, by playing solid defense and hitting .366 (Wyatt Langford batted .365). Wendzel was off to a fast start for Triple A Round Rock, batting .314 (11 for 35) with three homers and three doubles.

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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