The Texas Rangers’ first real series out of the All-Star break against the bottom-dwelling Oakland A’s isn’t going well. However, the team did at least end up getting some good news about their top position player prospect, Josh Jung, over the weekend.
The Athletic Texas Rangers Beat Reporter Levi Weaver said that Josh Jung could see some action this season in the minor leagues.
That is major news considering most fans didn’t expect him to take the field after tearing his labrum during the off-season. Here’s where I think Jung will end up for some playing time in 2022.
Texas Rangers: Where has Josh Jung been?
For those who don’t know Josh Jung was deadlifting during the preseason workouts and suffered a torn labrum which has kept him out for most of the season. It was the right thing to immediately shut Jung down for the season as they didn’t want anything to affect his baseball career.
What position will Jung play for the Texas Rangers this season?
He will most likely be a DH if he does end up getting some reps this season as Weaver suggests. This is the smartest way to go to ease him back into baseball activities after surgery and some rehab. The bat has always been Jung’s best attribute, and he’ll hopefully get a chance to prove that to us once again in 2022.
Where will the Texas Rangers send Jung to get some swings in this season?
It’s a very good question, as the Rangers front office probably wants to keep an eye on his recovery. He played for both Round Rock and Frisco last season and he was close to making the Texas Rangers roster last season. He almost certainly would’ve made it this season had it not been for his injury.
If you want my two cents, I think he will get some swings in Frisco this season. This makes sense for two reasons: The Rangers can keep an eye on him and easily shut him down if they feel he’s not doing well at the plate. Getting his timing right against lower level competition in Double-A as opposed to Triple-A could help with his road back as well. The other reason is that the Roughriders need some bats after J.P. Martinez was promoted to Triple-A.
I know Jung is probably not happy that the 2022 season went the way that it did for him. He probably envisioned playing with the Rangers at the beginning of the season and a simple workout derailed those plans. Hopefully, his rehab will go well and potentially see him playing third or first base with the Rangers next season.