Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun undergoes surgery for fractured jaw after getting hit in face with fastball


Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun underwent surgery for fractured jaw after being struck in the face by a pitch on Sunday during Cactus League play. The team later announced that Calhoun would be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks. While it's too soon for any kind of timeline, Calhoun is surely facing a lengthy absence.

In the first inning of a game against the Dodgers, Calhoun was hit by a 95-mph fastball from left-hander Julio Urias. Video of the incident can be found here

Play was stopped for around 10 minutes as trainers and coaches attended to Calhoun. Calhoun was able to walk with assistance to the medical cart, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Stephenson also writes that Calhoun was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in nearby Phoenix so that he could be treated by by Dr. Jeffrey Edelstein, who is the team ophthalmologist for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.

Calhoun, 25, is a former Dodgers prospect who came to Texas as part of the Yu Darvish trade in July of 2017. Last season, he enjoyed a bit of a breakout with the Rangers, as he batted .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs in 83 games. 

Calhoun is a former consensus top-100 overall prospect, so Texas still has high hopes for his future. Right now, he's slated to the Rangers' regular in left field. Starting in late August of last season, Calhoun served as the Rangers' primary No. 3 hitter. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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