May 14, 2021

Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun, 25, undergoes surgery to repair broken jaw a day after getting hit (ESPN)


SURPRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun had surgery to repair his broken jaw Monday, a day after being hit in the face by a fastball.

Surgeons were prepared to wire Calhoun’s jaw shut but instead installed a plate to steady the fracture, which should make for a quicker recovery. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Calhoun would be released from the hospital this week, possibly Tuesday, and will be reevaluated in two weeks, at which time Texas might get a better idea of his timetable for a return.

Daniels said doctors had not determined if Calhoun had a concussion. While Calhoun is almost certain to open the season on the injured list, Daniels characterized the outcome of the surgery as relatively positive.

“Certainly, in my opinion it is,” he said.

Calhoun tweeted after the surgery:

The left-handed hitting Calhoun was hit by a first-inning fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias, a former minor league teammate and friend of Calhoun’s. Drafted by…

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