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Rangers’ Josh Jung out indefinitely with broken right wrist

 

Josh Jung continues to run into terrible injury luck.

The Rangers third baseman suffered a broke right wrist Monday night when he was hit by a ninth-inning fastball from Rays right-hander Phil Maton. Jung immediately left the game, and X-rays taken at Tropicana Field revealed a fracture.

Manager Bruce Bochy did not offer an immediate timeline on how long it will take Jung to return to the lineup.

“He’s had such bad luck,” Bochy said. “He’ll be back. I know this hurts. I feel for the kid because he’s had to deal with so much.”

Jung hit a three-run homer in the first inning and delivered an RBI single in the sixth as the Rangers won 9-3. Jung, who also hit a home run Saturday night in a win over the Cubs, had been the Rangers’ best hitter to start the season.

Jung, who swung at the pitch that hit him in an effort to get out of the way, was the third straight batter Maton hit, following Evan Carter and Adolis Garcia.

The injury comes after Jung missed almost all of spring training with a strained left calf. He broke his left thumb last season in August but returned before the end  and played in all 17 postseason games. He had surgery to fix a torn left labrum in the spring of 2022 and missed half of the 2021 season with a stress fracture in his left foot.

“He’s just going to have to repeat what he did last year,” second baseman Marcus Semien said. “He came back and helped us win the World Series. It’s extremely tough luck for him.”

Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith can both play third base, and the Rangers will dip into their farm system for an infielder to help replace Jung.

Justin Foscue was one of the final roster cuts in spring training and is on the 40-man roster, but he is limited at third base. If the Rangers decide to use Duran at third, Foscue could take his place in a platoon at first base with Jared Walsh.

Jonathan Ornelas is also on the 40-man roster and can play third base and shortstop, but he isn’t a prolific offensive player.

Davis Wendzel is another possibility. Though not on the 40-man roster, Wendzel can play all four infield spots and is coming off a 30-homer season at Triple A Round Rock and a good spring in which he left a favorable impression on Bochy.

“That’s why we have the depth that we have because you have to prepare for these kinds of things,” Semien said.

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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3 Comments

  1. Monty W April 1, 2024

    I would be curious to know if he was a whole milk or 2% kid growing up. Hate to see it & hope for a speedy recovery where he comes back stronger than ever.

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  2. Mubeen Mandani April 2, 2024

    Heart goes out to Jung. I hope we call up Foscue

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    1. Jeff Wilson April 3, 2024

      Now looking at 8-10 weeks. He’s mentally tough.

      Reply

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