Rangers News: Adolis Garcia injury, unfortunate Josh Jung update, Kumar Rocker return

The Rangers may have lost more than just the series to the Angels.
Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) collides with Adolis Garcia
Texas Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien (2) collides with Adolis Garcia / Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

It's hard to lose a series to the lowly Los Angeles Angels and feel anything but sick to your stomach. But losing two of three games to the Halos may be the least of concerns for Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy.

Injuries have robbed the Rangers of any sort of momentum in their pursuit of back-to-back World Series championships — a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 2000. Three of Texas' starters began the 2024 season on the IL, and nearly two weeks into the season, they're still there.

Max Scherzer, Tyler Mahle, and Jacob deGrom haven't taken much meaningful steps forward yet, and return dates for all three is still up in the air. But this weekend brought even more bad news on the injury front, as All-Stars Adolis Garcia and Josh Jung could miss increased time.

Rangers News: Adolis Garcia injury update

During the Rangers' weekend series against the Angels, there was a brutal collision between Garcia and second baseman Marcus Semien. Garcia was supposed to be back in the Rangers lineup on Sunday for the series final, but the right fielder was scratched with a forearm issue.

Bochy revealed after the game that Garcia would undergo an MRI, and the hope is that Monday's off day will give the slugger enough time to recuperate and then return to the lineup on Tuesday. While Sunday's lineup change appears to be more precautionary than anything else, it's still concerning. The Rangers cannot afford to lose yet another All-Star.

Rangers News: Josh Jung injury timeline is extended

When Rangers third baseman Josh Jung learned of his fractured wrist, the initial timeline for recovery was six weeks. Then it became an 8-10 week recovery time. Now, according to the Dallas Morning News, that timeline has been pushed back once again.

Rangers fans who were hoping to see Jung back on the field sometime next month will have to wait until closer to July, and perhaps even the All-Star break. Jung's return from the IL has been pushed back once again, and it seems as though the Texas faithful should get used to Josh Smith manning the hot corner until sometime later this summer.

Rangers News: Kumar Rocker's possible return to the mound

Losing to the Angels is never going to bring a smile to the faces of Rangers fans, but the team did receive a bit of good news this weekend. Kumar Rocker, who'd been throwing off the mound for the past six weeks, could start facing hitters as soon as June 1.

Rocker, a former first-round pick and top prospect in the Rangers farm system, has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and could be back on a minor-league mound sometime later this summer.

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