Rangers Top Young Slugger Suffers Another Troubling Injury

A terrible break for the Texas Rangers—literally—as top young slugger Josh Jung has suffered a broken wrist after getting hit by a pitch Monday night. 

Jung suffered a stress fracture in his foot in 2021, a torn labrum in 2022, and a broken thumb late last season. He also missed some time in spring training last month with a calf strain.

There is currently no timeline for Jung's return, but research has shown that broken wrists can cost up to two months of action. And this kind of injury often saps a player of his power upon his return.

Jung was off to a hot start in his first three games, slashing .308/.400/.769 with a massive 226 OPS+, with a home run, a double, a triple and 2 RBIs.

Jung will now be replaced on the roster by the Rangers' No. 5 prospect, third baseman Justin Foscue. 

The 26 year old had a breakout year in 2023 (though we hesitate to use the word "break" around him), launching 23 homers with 70 RBIs in 122 games. He had an OPS+ of 109 and finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year balloting.

Others capable of filling in at third base currently on the Texas roster are Josh Smith and Ezequiel Duran.

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