Pair of big boppers pulled from a game as Texas Rangers injuries pile up
The Texas Rangers received more potential bad news Monday evening, as both David Dahl and Khris Davis were pulled from their evening game against Colorado.
Mondays will be Mondays, and that rang true in Rangers’ camp on Monday.
Kicking off the week, the Texas Rangers received discouraging news that right-hander Jose Leclerc was on his was back to Arlington due to “elbow soreness.”
The injury set the tone of the day, especially knowing that Leclerc will more than likely miss an extended period of time.
When they thought it couldn’t get any worse, both Khris Davis and David Dahl were pulled from their Monday evening matchup against the Rockies.
Although both were pulled for precautionary reasons, it still made everyone invested in the team hold their breath.
The Texas Rangers injuries are piling up in spring training
Dahl fouled a ball off of his right knee during the third inning, but according to Chris Woodward, he would have remained in the ballgame had it been a regular season matchup.
Of course, both the Texas Rangers and Colorado Rockies know that Dahl has a very notable injury history.
Dahl is no stranger to the injured list, from a stress reaction in his rib in 2017, a right foot fracture in 2018, a high ankle sprain in 2019 and finally in 2020, lower back soreness and a right shoulder strain.
Fans and the front office can exhale knowing it’s only temporary, but anytime a potential injury surrounds David Dahl, it will raise concerns.
As for the red hot Khris Davis, he was struck in the shoulder and in the head with a Daniel Bard heater in the eighth inning of yesterday’s game.
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Although it was just a glancing blow, any heater to or near the dome remains a scary sight.
Chris Woodward said after the game that Davis was fine, but was removed for precautionary reasons.
Both of Dahl and Davis will look to play a crucial role in the Texas Rangers’ lineup in 2021, especially with the bevy of injuries that have already come.
The beginning of Willie Calhoun’s season is in question after a nagging groin injury, top prospect Josh Jung is set to miss significant time due to a foot fracture, as well.
The Rangers also have their four best bullpen arms set to start the year on the I.L. Righties Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez, as well as lefties Brett Martin and Joely Rodriguez are going to miss some time to begin the 2021 season.
Of course, this is a season centered around youth. Any injury will allow some of the younger players to step up and perform, but it’s hard to see the Texas Rangers running a full team of rookies out for an extended period of time this season.
For now, we hope the injury bug makes his way out of Rangers’ camp and doesn’t come back as we head into the last week of spring games.