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Texas Rangers expect Josh Jung (calf) to be ready by Opening Day

(AP photo/Tony Gutierrez)


SURPRISE, Ariz. — An MRI exam showed a only mild strain in Josh Jung’s left calf, an injury that manager Bruce Bochy said will keep third baseman out three weeks.

Jung said that he will be down for two weeks. Both expected that he will be ready for Opening Day, March 28.

“I’d say minimum of three weeks and then we’ll reevaluate where he’s at,” Bochy said. “I guess the good news is the timing of this, so we’re hopeful he’ll be ready for Opening Day. We’ll monitor his progress and see where we’re at in a couple of weeks.”

Jung was injured Friday while taking grounders on his first day at spring training, three days before the first full-squad workout. A host of players, including Ezequiel Duran, Josh Smith, Matt Duffy, Jonathan Ornelas and Davis Wendzel, will see time at third in Cactus League games.

The calf injury marks the third time in the past four springs that Jung has been injured. The good news is that this injury doesn’t require surgery, just time.

“I just decided I don’t want to be in spring training this year,” Jung quipped. “How about that? Day 1. … It’s just like, ‘Here we go.’ ”

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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