Jung (foot) won't be ready for game action until late May or early June, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Jung is expected to open this season at Triple-A Round Rock despite the fact that he hasn't appeared in a game above Low-A. That seemingly gives him a shot to make his big-league debut this season, but the stress fracture he suffered in his left foot in mid-March may wind up setting his timeline back enough that he doesn't get the chance to push for an opportunity until next year.
Jung underwent surgery Monday to place a screw into the top of his left foot to aid in healing a stress fracture, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Jung will return to Arizona on Thursday and will remain there for minor-league spring training. He's expected to miss at least six weeks.
Jung was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot Saturday and will be out for 6-to-8 weeks while recovering from surgery, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Jung had reportedly been playing through some discomfort for a few weeks, but the issue is apparently bad enough that he'll need a screw in his foot. He'll now be out until early or mid-May, though the delayed start to the minor-league season means he won't wind up missing too much development time. He's a candidate to make his big-league debut sometime this season given the weakness of the Rangers' third-base depth chart, though he'll need to prove his health and effectiveness before that happens.
Jung is unavailable Friday due to pain in his left foot, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. The exact nature and severity of his injury are unclear. Jung has been reassigned to minor-league camp, so he won't be breaking camp on the active roster even if fully healthy. There aren't any particularly inspiring options blocking him at third base, however, so he has a chance to debut at some point this season if he's healthy and effective in the minors.
Jung was assigned to minor-league camp Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Rangers don't have many compelling options competing for playing time at third base, with Rougned Odor, Brock Holt and Charlie Culberson among the top candidates. They could have theoretically turned to Jung, who earned rave reviews at the alternate site last season and is expected to debut at some point this year. Sending him down for now makes sense, as he's played in just 44 professional games, none of which have come above the Low-A level, but it may not be too long before he's knocking on the door if he looks good in the minors to start the season.
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