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Calhoun, Rodriguez close to return

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The Rangers should be getting a pair of players back off the injured list soon

MLB: Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers should be getting Willie Calhoun and Joely Rodriguez back on the active roster soon. Per the beats, the pair were expected to report to the Alternate Training Site at Round Rock on Sunday.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both Calhoun and Rodriguez will need to go through intake and screening, but assuming there are no issues there, they will be able to start working out with the rest of the group at the Alternate Training Site in the next day or two. They will presumably have a couple of rehab games there, and then be ready to be activated.

Calhoun is returning from a hamstring strain suffered during spring training. Once he returns, he will be likely to assume the regular DH role, while also potentially playing some left field if the team wants to give David Dahl or Joey Gallo a day at DH. That will reduce the playing time available for Ronald Guzman, who would move into more of a bench role.

Rodriguez is returning from an ankle sprain. He was expected to be one of the primary lefthanded relievers in the Rangers’ bullpen, and will likely be activated soon as well. My assumption is that the Rangers will send a pair of pitchers — probably Kolby Allard and either John King or Kyle Cody — down when they return. Once Brock Holt returns, Anderson Tejeda would then be sent down.