Rangers make corresponding roster move to address Josh Jung injury

One of the Rangers top prospects will finally get his chance.

Texas Rangers designated hitter Justin Foscue
Texas Rangers designated hitter Justin Foscue / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Unsurprisingly, the Texas Rangers have dipped into their farm system once again. This time, it's in order to supplement an injury. Justin Foscue was recalled to the big leagues on Tuesday. He'll take the roster spot of Josh Jung who suffered a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning of Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Foscue was in the mix to be part of the Rangers Opening Day roster until about the last week of spring training. Foscue, however, was unable to hold off the surprising spring performance of Jared Walsh. Foscue hit .250/.315/.396 this spring, but Walsh posted an .827 OPS in the Cactus League and received the nod from manager Bruce Bochy.

Foscue can play multiple infield positions, but with All-Stars all over the infield, his best chance to be part of the Rangers everyday lineup will likely come at first base. With Nathaniel Lowe currently on the IL, expect to see a platoon of Walsh and Foscue at first base.

Rangers make corresponding roster move to address Josh Jung injury

Jung is expected to miss significant time with the injury he sustained on Monday. He was the third consecutive batter struck by a pitch during the ninth inning as Rays reliever Phil Maton couldn't hone his command. The Rangers have yet to release a timetable for his return.

In the meantime, Rangers fans should expect to see Corey Seager and Marcus Semien continue to play in the middle of the infield, while Foscue, Walsh, Josh Smith, and Ezequiel Duran combine to help offset the loss of Jung on the corners.

Foscue is the Rangers' fifth-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The former first-round pick may be limited defensively, but his bat-first approach that prioritizes hit over power will definitely find a home somewhere in the Rangers lineup.

While Rangers fans are certainly disappointed to hear the news that their All-Star third baseman is headed to the IL, Jung's absence now gives Foscue an opportunity to shine. Let's hope he makes the most of it.

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