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Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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Nearly no-hit in Surprise

MLB: MAR 08 Spring Training - Dodgers at Rangers Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Good morning.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers were nearly no-hit in last night’s 5-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics where Nick Solak started in left field in lieu of Willie Calhoun.

Indeed, as Evan Grant writes, Chris Woodward’s plan now is for Solak to get the majority of time in left field until Calhoun is ready to return.

Dan Szymborski over at Fangraphs has a different idea as he thinks the Rangers should call up the still unemployed Yasiel Puig about their outfield openings.

Sullivan writes that Calhoun had surgery on Monday to repair the broken jaw that he suffered in Sunday’s game.

The good news, as Grant notes, is that, given the situation of getting hit flush to the jaw by a 95 MPH fastball, Calhoun’s injuries weren’t as severe as they could have been and his surgery was successful.

Stefan Stevenson writes that Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s father Fili is to thank for helping his son have a big spring training breakout at the plate.

Sullivan writes about a clash between 2019 first-rounder Josh Jung and 2019 Cy Young candidate Lance Lynn in a simulated game yesterday.

The MLB Pipeline folks ranked the farm systems ahead of the 2020 season with the Rangers topping the bottom third in the league.

Have you heard of Jonathan Hernandez? I have heard of Jonathan Hernandez. Ben Clemens of Fangraphs writes that if you haven’t heard of Jonathan Hernandez, you might soon.

And, lastly, Stevenson notes that while the show will go on at stadiums near you next month, MLB joined the other major sports leagues in restricting media access to clubhouses amid Coronavirus concerns.

Have a nice day!