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Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw) took swings on Monday for the first time since fracturing his jaw in spring training three weeks ago. Calhoun got lucky with the season being delayed due to the coronavirus. Otherwise, he definitely wouldn't have been ready for the start of the regular season. With the season not starting for another couple months most likely, he'll be fully recovered by then and is expected to have an everyday role in the outfield after hitting .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in 309 at-bats in 2019. One of the team's top prospects when he was on the farm, Calhoun has exciting upside and should come at a nice value to those that wait in deep mixed leagues.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw) said on his Twitter account that he was cleared on Thursday to start doing his daily workouts and to resume baseball activities. Manager Chris Woodward said on Wednesday that he expects Calhoun to be ready for the start of the regular season, whenever that may be. The 25-year-old had surgery around three weeks ago for a fractured jaw that he suffered in spring training, but he's making nice progress. He's expected to be a regular in Texas' outfield in 2020 and will come at an excellent value in deep mixed leagues this year. Calhoun hit .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in just 83 games last season.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw) is still on the road to recovery, but his manager Chris Woodward expects him to be ready for the start of the MLB season. The 25-year old is already on a stationary bike and looks to be in line for a full slate of games, whenever the 2020 season begins. Calhoun's recovery will directly impact Nick Solak's playing time because Solak was the first man up to benefit from his absence. The combination of Calhoun's recovery and the delay to the start of the season will likely take Solak off the draft board in 12-team leagues. Calhoun was a popular breakout pick before the fractured jaw after hitting 21 home runs with a .848 OPS last season, and now fantasy owners can draft the former top-100 prospect with the same confidence as they did before the jaw injury.
Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun (jaw) is back in Texas and will be able to resume light workouts soon in his recovery from a broken jaw suffered in spring training. Calhoun had surgery the day after he was hit by a pitch to insert a plate and stabilize his jaw. He believes he'll be ready for Opening Day now that it may not come until late May due to the coronavirus. Calhoun hit .269 with 21 home runs in 83 games for the team last year and is expected to play every day in left field when the season starts. He was dropping in drafts after his injury because he wasn't expected to be ready for Opening Day, but that has changed now. He could be a real nice bargain at his current 174.4 ADP in deep mixed leagues.
Texas Rangers reliever Cody Allen gave up two runs and two hits in one inning of relief on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants. He has an 11.25 ERA through four innings this spring, and it's not what Allen or the Rangers were hoping for when they invited him to camp. The nine-year veteran battled forearm and elbow stiffness earlier this spring and did not throw for a week. He made two scoreless appearances before Wednesday's disappointment, and he is still in the mix to make the Opening Day roster. Jose Leclerc seems locked in as the reliever to own in the Rangers bullpen, but, if something were to happen to Leclerc, Allen could be next in line, given his extensive experience as a ninth-inning man.