Rangers News: Marcus Semien streak ends, Corey Seager on fire, Josh Jung update

All good things come to an end.
Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien
Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

The Texas Rangers asserted their dominance over the Arizona Diamondbacks once again. The Rangers swept their World Series rematch against the D-backs this week, but are still two games under .500 ahead of their weekend trip to South Beach to face the Miami Marlins.

Wednesday's win over Arizona marked Texas' first series victory since taking three of four from the Oakland A's earlier this month. The Rangers' struggles have them behind the Seattle Mariners in the AL West, but still three games up on the Houston Astros.

While the Rangers finally put together three straight wins, there was a streak that came to an end this week. Rangers manager Bruce Bochy made a calculated decision to sit one of his stars, and while the rest may prove worth while over the long haul, it is rather disappointing.

Rangers News: Marcus Semien's Iron Man streak ends

On Wednesday, Marcus Semien was absent from the Rangers' starting lineup. No, he wasn't injured. Bochy made the decision to sit Semien for the first time since taking over as the Rangers' skipper. Until Wednesday's series finale against the Diamondbacks, Semien had played in 349 consecutive games.

Semien is one of the few major league players who finds his name on the lineup card day-in and day-out. He's played in 150 games or more in seven of his first 11 seasons in the big leagues.

Semien had been struggling at the plate of late, however, and hasn't looked the same since the outfield collision with right fielder Adolis Garcia. Maybe it was time to give Semien a day off. The Rangers second baseman will have to start a new streak on Friday when Texas resumes play.

Rangers News: Corey Seager's offensive surge is propelling Texas

While Semien was sitting on Wednesday, Corey Seager continued his assault on opposing pitchers. On Wednesday, Seager hit his eighth home run in the last eight games. This is certainly a welcome sight for Rangers fans who watched the shortstop struggle at the outset of the 2024 season.

Heading into this month, Seager was hitting just .236/.319/.311. But since the beginning of May, Seager has raised his overall batting average nearly 30 points while hitting .289/.393/.667 with 11 homers and 21 RBI. Seager has thrust himself back into the AL MVP race with his most surge.

Rangers News: Josh Jung injury update

Third baseman Josh Jung has been out of the Rangers lineup since early April after suffering a fractured wrist. But Texas got a bit of good news on the injury front with the news that Jung hasresumed swinging the bat.

While it'll still be several weeks until the slugger returns to the Rangers lineup, this is a crucial first step in Jung's rehab process. The latest timetable for Jung's return puts him coming back to the bigs sometime in late June.

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