The injuries are piling up.
Jose Leclerc has a bad elbow. You know it’s bad when they say he will be out for quite a while. It’s usually only going to be a few games and it turns out to be quite a while. So, when they say quite a while at this point, it’s not good news.
Leclerc is adding to the pile of injured Rangers, both expected to make the club and not expected to.
DH-to-be Willie Calhoun will probably start the season on the Injured List. He has trouble staying off it.
David Dahl left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his knee. He is a magnet for injuries. Get used to it. If he plays more games than he misses, the Rangers will be lucky.
And Brett Martin, who should be an integral part of the bullpen, is on the tail end of back problems. He hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in spring training.
Leclerc’s injury means the Rangers are going to need to find someone else to be their closer. But, really, it’s no different than where they’ve been the past two years. Leclerc wasn’t effective in 2019, and wasn’t available most of 2020.
Calhoun’s injury means Khris Davis probably makes it. If Dahl is injured, along with Calhoun, that might open left for Ronald Guzman, giving Nate Lowe first that he really hasn’t earned.
It wasn’t the ideal roster construction to begin with. Toss in injuries and things get more complicated.