Rangers left fielder/DH Willie Calhoun fractured his forearm after being hit by a Kris Bubic pitch throughout yesterday’s recreation in opposition to the Royals, supervisor Chris Woodward instructed reporters (including Jeff Wilson). A extra definitive timetable for his restoration received’t develop into clear till he undergoes additional testing, however he’s clearly a somewhat important absence.
It’s sadly the most recent in a sequence of accidents which have befallen Calhoun in recent times. The 26-year-old has frolicked on the injured record as a consequence of leg points in every of the final three seasons, and he was struck within the face by a Julio Urías pitch throughout Spring Coaching in 2020. These persistent well being issues have saved the promising hitter from selecting up greater than 337 plate appearances in any single main league season.
Calhoun has made 226 journeys to the dish this yr, hitting at a league common stage (.254/.323/.385). That’s not the high-end offensive output the Rangers are hoping for from a participant with restricted defensive utility, however Calhoun nonetheless appears to have the potential to make extra of an impression. He was a highly-regarded offensive participant throughout his time as a prospect, and he appeared to be on the verge of a breakout after placing up a .269/.323/.524 line in 2019.
Calhoun hasn’t hit for wherever close to that stage of energy this yr, however he’s been one the sport’s hardest gamers to punch out (11.9% strikeout charge). His batted ball metrics additionally point out he’s made extra high quality contact up to now than his backside line numbers would counsel. The left-handed hitter is scheduled to succeed in arbitration eligibility for the primary time after the season.