Josh Jung News Even Worse Than Rangers Thought

The Rangers knew it was going to be bad, but they didn't expect it to be this bad.
Apr 1, 2024; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) runs the bases
Apr 1, 2024; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) runs the bases / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The last thing the defending champion Texas Rangers need is more injury problems. Going into 2024, health is a must-have in Arlington. The injured list is already filled with some very big names, and adding more would not be ideal.

Nathan Lowe and Michael Lorenzen are dealing with minor things to start their years. The 2023 trade deadline acquisition Max Scherzer is starting to throw, but we will not see him in a game until the end of May at the earliest. Jacob deGrom, one of last year's big free-agency signings, won't begin to think about his return until August.

The Rangers were certainly limping to the start line of the season, hoping to hang on while their team gained health. But it took a turn for the worse when 2nd-year player Josh Jung left Monday's game after being hit by a pitch in his wrist. It was determined he would need surgery to repair a fracture.

Initially, the Rangers were hopeful they could have Jung back in their lineup in 4-6 weeks. However, after surgery, the number grew substantially.

Josh Jung To Miss 8-10 Weeks Following Wrist Surgery

The Rangers announced on Wednesday that Jung received surgery to repair a fracture in his right wrist. They estimate he will need 8-10 weeks of recovery and rehab before he can return to the big-league lineup. This puts his targeted return anywhere between the last week in May and the second week in June.

The timing could not be worse for Jung. After an All-Star appearance in his rookie year in 2023, he started the season as hot as ever. He was batting .412 with a ridiculous OPS of .415 before getting hit and leaving.

Infielder Justin Foscue was recalled from AAA Iowa in response to losing Jung. He has yet to play but will be a factor for the Rangers soon. Jung joins the high-profile list of players on the shelf for a while before this team tries for a second championship.

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