Willie Calhoun is in surgery to repair his fractured jaw, per the beat guys, who say that the Texas Rangers will know more about the condition of their left fielder after the procedure is finished. Calhoun is also being evaluated for a potential concussion.
Calhoun was hit in the face by a Julio Urias pitch in yesterday’s spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and was down for about 10 minutes before being carted off the field. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix from the stadium.
We are going to have to wait and see on the prognosis for Calhoun, but it sounds like he will definitely be on the injured list at the start of the season, with the question being how much time he will miss. It is a big blow for Calhoun, who came to camp as the unquestioned starting left fielder for the Rangers.
UPDATE — Calhoun is out of surgery, with Jon Daniels saying that he had to have a plate inserted, but did not have to have his jaw wired shut, which is a good thing.
Calhoun is supposed to be re-evaluated in two weeks, and we will know then. In the meantime, it sounds like he will start the season on the injured list, but will be back at some point in the first half of the season.