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Rangers to sub in top prospect Justin Foscue for injured Josh Jung

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Apr 2, 2024

The Texas Rangers suffered a blow on Monday night when third baseman Josh Jung sustained a fractured right wrist after being hit by a pitch. This injury opened up an opportunity for one of the team’s top prospects, Justin Foscue, who was called up to join the team for Tuesday’s game, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Foscue, a 25-year-old first-round pick in 2020, has the ability to play first, second, and third base. He will be filling in for Jung, whose injury occurred while swinging at a pitch from Tampa Bay Rays reliever Phil Maton in the ninth inning. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy confirmed the diagnosis of a fractured wrist and stated that it is unclear how long Jung will be out, as surgery may be a factor in his recovery timeline.

Before being sidelined, Jung had a strong start to the season, batting .412 with a 1.415 OPS, two home runs, and six RBI in his first 19 plate appearances. Last season, he had a .266 average and .781 OPS with 23 homers, 25 doubles, and 70 RBI. However, injuries have troubled Jung in the past, with a fractured thumb and calf issues in previous seasons.

The Rangers have other infield options like Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith, with Duran likely to take over at third base in Jung’s absence. Foscue, the team’s No. 5 prospect, had an impressive season in Triple-A Round Rock last year and almost made the big-league roster during spring training. This injury gives him an opportunity to gain experience in the majors while contributing in various infield positions for the team.

By editor

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