Texas Rangers: 5 injury replacements who could fill in for Josh Jung

Seth Carlson
AMARILLO, TEXAS - JULY 25: Infielder Josh Jung #18 of the Frisco RoughRiders hits a home run during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
AMARILLO, TEXAS - JULY 25: Infielder Josh Jung #18 of the Frisco RoughRiders hits a home run during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /
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AMARILLO, TEXAS – JULY 25: Infielder Josh Jung #18 of the Frisco RoughRiders hits a home run during the game against the Amarillo Sod Poodles at HODGETOWN Stadium on July 25, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /

Texas Rangers‘ top prospect Josh Jung can’t seem to catch a break. After a foot injury sidelined him most of the 2021 season before making his return last summer for AA Frisco and later AAA Round Rock, the third baseman is now dealing with shoulder issues.

According to multiple reports, Jung is suffering from a labral tear in his left shoulder as a result of lifting heavy weights. It’s a tough blow for Jung, who was aiming to win a big league job out of spring training as the Opening Day third baseman for the Texas Rangers. That won’t be happening anymore, sadly.

The good news, though, is that the Texas Rangers have depth at the position. Lots of it. So while losing Jung is no doubt upsetting, the organization has many in-house replacements for its top position player prospect. Let’s look at five.

Texas Rangers: 5 Josh Jung injury replacements

1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa

So much for trading him away. He’s now the favorite to replace Jung in this scenario.

The rumors had been swirling that Kiner-Falefa could be dealt to one of many potential suitors this off-season. And with his versatility and strong glove, that made sense.

Now, though? He becomes valuable to the Texas Rangers once again.

It was likely he was going to start the season at the hot corner over Jung anyway, but now it’s basically a lock that he will do so now. He’s earned the opportunity to start with his leadership, hustle, and consistency, and his Golden Glove, of course. In many ways, the Jung injury is a blessing in disguise for those who advocated to keep IKF around, and we’re glad he’ll get an opportunity once again in 2021. But there will be other players in the organization who could have something to say in this matter, too…

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