The back injury that has had Evan Carter, the Texas Rangers’ second round pick in 2020, on the injured list the past two weeks is a stress fracture, per the beat guys on Twitter. Carter is expected to miss the next two months, with the hope being that he will be able to return to Down East at the beginning of September.
This is disappointing news, as Carter had an impressive performance at Instructs in the fall, and was performing well as the youngest player in Low A East, slashing .236/.438/.387 in 146 plate appearances. Normally, being out until the start of September would mean that a minor leaguer’s season was essentially over, but the delay in the start of the 2021 minor league season means that Down East will have its final regular season game on September 19 this year.
Hopefully Carter gets healthy and back on the field before the end of the year.