Sam Huff’s hamstring strain is today’s Texas Rangers injury update, per the beat guys on Twitter. General manager Chris Young said Huff has been diagnosed with a grade 2 strain, and will have an MRI in two weeks. He will be rehabbing in the meantime.
This is unfortunate news, as the Rangers reportedly wanted to get Huff significant playing time this spring, and this will limit the amount of action he will end up getting. It could also impact where he starts the 2021 season — had he been healthy for all of camp, there’s a good chance he would have started the season at AAA Round Rock, whose season starts at the same time as the major league season. Given the limited amount of spring action that Huff will have by the time AAA starts, however, he’ll probably have to stay and get some reps at the minor league spring training, and thus could start the year at AA Frisco instead.
This shouldn’t impact the major league club as far as the roster goes, as Huff almost certainly was going to start the year in the minors, with Jose Trevino and Jonah Heim expected to be the two catchers on the Opening Day roster. If one of them were to go down, a veteran NRI like Drew Butera would have probably been asked to fill in for that period of time, rather than Huff coming up.
In any case, this is a normal part of spring training. Every team has players with minor strains or pulls or soreness that sidelines them. I realize that won’t stop the “And so it begins...” and other self-flagellating “everything is going wrong” comments to this point, but I will note it anyway.