Good news on Willie Calhoun.
According to T.R. Sullivan, Calhoun underwent jaw surgery yesterday for a non-displaced fracture and “club officials are expressing hope” the injury is not as serious as initially feared.
These are the same club officials who expressed hope the Rangers could contend the last few years and look how that turned out, so take that with a grain of salt.
But this is positive news on what could have been a very dire situation. Anytime a batter is hit in the face with a fastball, it’s scary.
Calhoun will be discharged from the hospital in two weeks and they will reevaluate him at that time.
It’s not yet known when he can resume baseball activities. But in light of what happened Sunday, that’s the least of his worries now.
It’s just another setback Calhoun has experienced trying to establish himself as a major league player.
Last year, after a strong spring, he was shocked when he wasn’t part of the opening day roster. Then, he eventually got called up in mid-May, played in a handful of games, hit.435, with an on-base of .458 and an OPS of 1.197.
For that, he was sent back down.
When they finally brought him back, for good, in mid-June, Calhoun became the every day left fielder for the Rangers. He came into camp without the worry of being shuttled back to Triple-A this year.
Now his only goal is getting back on the field.
At least the reports are promising. It could have been much worse. It looked that way.
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