Rangers' Willie Calhoun Hospitalized with Jaw Injury After Being Hit by Pitch

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2020

Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun bats during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was hospitalized Sunday after he was hit in the face with an errant pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers starter Julio Urias, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  

The team later announced Calhoun was diagnosed with a fractured jaw. He is expected to undergo further testing on Monday.

Calhoun was struck by a 95 mph fastball and "was able to walk to a medical cart with assistance before being driven out of Surprise Stadium and taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in nearby Phoenix," per the report. 

Rangers manager Chris Woodward left the game to join Calhoun at the hospital, with bench coach Don Wakamatsu taking over in the dugout.

Per Rangers host Jared Sandler, "Urias stopped Rougned Odor as he walked off the mound and based on their non-verbal communication, appeared to communicate a message of apology and well-wishes in respects to Willie."

Calhoun, 25, has emerged as a potential core player for the Rangers after hitting .269 with 21 homers, 48 RBI and 51 runs in 83 games during the 2019 season. He blasted 16 home runs after the All-Star Break, becoming one of the positives for a Texas team that finished just 78-84 last year.

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Urias, 23, made 37 appearances (eight starts) for the Dodgers in 2019, finishing 4-3 with a 2.49 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 79.2 innings. 

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