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Josh Jung hits 10-day IL as Justin Foscue replaces him on Rangers roster

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As expected, the Rangers placed Josh Jung on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, the day after he suffered a broken right wrist, and recalled infielder Justin Foscue from Triple A Round Rock.

General manager Chris Young told reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., that Jung flew to Phoenix to have surgery that will trim his recovery time to around six weeks. The specialist performance the procedure, Dr. Don Sheridan, is the same surgeon who repaired Jung’s broken left thumb last season.

“In the past he’s been a quick healer, but we don’t take for granted this is another surgery,” Young said. “We’ll take it one day at a time.”

Jung was injured Monday night when he checked his swing while attempted to get out of the way of a Phil Maton pitch in the ninth inning. Maton had hit the previous two batters, Evan Carter and Adolis Garcia. Jung, who was deemed to have swung at the pitch, did not complete his plate appearance.

Young said that Jung was dejected after the game following another injury. Jung has been limited each of the past four seasons by a series of ailments that all required surgery: a stress fracture in his left foot in 2021, a torn labrum in his left shoulder in 2022, the August 2023 thumb injury and the broken wrist.

He also missed most of spring training with a strained left calf, the long injury in Jung’s career that the team doesn’t believe to be “freakish” in nature.

“It’s something weird happening,” Young said. “A hit-by-pitch that breaks a bone is not within his control, so to speak.”

Foscue, the 14th overall pick in the 2020 draft (Mississippi State), is seeking his MLB debut after a strong spring that left him among the final roster cuts. He was not in the lineup Tuesday.

Manager Bruce Bochy gave the start at third base to Josh Smith, a left-handed hitter against Rays right-hander Zach Eflin. Ezequiel Duran will get time at third base, and Foscue is expected to see time at first base in a platoon with Jared Walsh.

Foscue played 35 games last season at Triple A Round Rock, but it’s not considered his best position. He spent much of the spring learning first base as the Rangers seek an avenue to get his bat in the lineup.

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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