Josh Jung Injures Shoulder Before Camp
ARLINGTON — Third baseman Josh Jung, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 2 prospect for the Rangers, was arrested late last week after experiencing left shoulder discomfort while lifting weights. weight in Arizona, the club announced on Friday.
Jung was assessed by team physician Keith Meister, who indicated labral tension in Jung’s non-throwing arm. According to Rangers, Jung will undergo further evaluation at the start of Minor League camp next week to develop a treatment plan and determine how long he will be sidelined.
Jung posted a .326/.398/.592 slant line and .990 OPS in 78 games between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock in 2021. He is Texas’ top prospect and could make his debut in MLB. This year. He was expected to do so in 21, but he started the Minor League season late due to a stress fracture in his right foot suffered during spring training.
This spring, Jung was expected to compete with 2020 Gold Glover Isiah Kiner-Falefa for Opening Day third base. Jung will likely make his debut again this season, but the shoulder injury leaves it unclear when that will be.
“You want to be optimistic, right?” Jung said in January that he was on the opening day roster. “Going to camp is like being healthy and staying healthy. This is the main objective. But the aim is to break away from the club at some point this year.
Depending on the severity of Jung’s injury, Kiner-Falefa could get the job back if Jung were to start the season at Triple-A or on the injured list. The Rangers have a packed infield that includes Andy Ibáñez and Yonny Hernandez, both of whom made their MLB debuts in 2021 and can play in any position on the field.