Oftentimes, in sports, the biggest challenge of winning back-to-back championships is staying healthy. For the Texas Rangers, that concern became a reality before camp even broke in early February.

One by one, the likes of Max Scherzer, Corey Seager, and Josh Jung all went down to injuries. 

Fortunately for the Rangers, this week brought some much-needed positive news on that front as we sit less than two weeks away from the Padres and Dodgers opening the 2024 MLB season in Seoul, South Korea.

World Series MVP Corey Seager played through a sports hernia injury in the playoffs, which required surgery back in January. Initially, Rangers GM Chris Young said that he hoped that Seager would be ready for Opening Day.

On March 5th, Bruce Bochy spoke of Seager’s injury, saying, “I’m hopeful, to be honest, I don’t know for sure. I talked to him just briefly today, but you know he got the flu that probably slowed things down just a hair. But we’ll see where we’re at the end of this week.”

There is still hope that Seager could see some action before Texas breaks camp on March 24th or in the Ranger’s two exhibition games vs the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Field on March 25th and 26th. 

Unlike Seager, Rangers 3rd baseman Josh Jung was able to dodge a serious bullet when MRIs on his calf came back clean for the most part, only forcing him out of action for 2-3 weeks. As of this week, Jung has resumed baseball activities. 

Starting on March 3rd, Jung began taking swings in the cage, and on the 5th, he took some live at-bats against minor league pitching. Jung is still unable to run, so he isn’t game-ready quite yet, but the second-year 3rd baseman could see some cactus league action at DH in the coming days. 

As for the trio of starting pitchers who are currently on the shelf, their timetables remain the same. Max Scherzer is expected back sometime in June or July, new signing Tyler Mahle could make his Rangers debut sometime after the all-star break, and Jacob deGrom will rejoin the Texas rotation in August. 

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