The Texas Rangers took down the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 9-3 on Monday Night at Tropicana Field en route to a 2-1 series victory. 

However, if you listened to Bruce Bochy and the other Rangers players talk after the game, you really couldn’t tell. 

That’s because Texas had just discovered that one of their all-stars would be on the shelf for a while. 

In the 9th inning of Monday’s game, Rays reliever Phil Maton fired an 87 MPH sinker, which hit Rangers 3rd baseman Josh Jung square on the wrist.

After surgery in Phoenix on Wednesday night, it was revealed that Jung would be out for around 8-10 weeks. 

“Now, it’s up to us to cheer him [Josh Jung] up,” Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien said after the game.

“It’s definitely a tough time for him, depressing [or] whatever you wanna call it; it’s just you never wanna be in that situation, but we’ll just cheer him up.” 

In the aftermath of Jung’s injury, the Rangers called up 2020 first-round pick Justin Foscue, who is looking to make his big league debut at some point this weekend against the Astros. 

Foscue was called to the bigs in order to take Ezequiel Duran’s spot as the right-handed platoon bat at first base and allow Duran to slide over to 3rd in Jung’s absence. 

Rangers GM Chris Young kept it simple when speaking about the guys who will need to step up and fill Jung’s shoes while he’s on the shelf. “This team’s very resilient, and we’ll move forward,” Young said.

That resiliency was fully displayed in yesterday afternoon’s 4-1 series-clinching win over the Rays. 

With the Rangers leading 1-0 in the 8th inning, the Rays had runners on the corners with two outs. Tampa Bay 2nd Baseman Amed Rosario chopped a ball down the third base line, which Ezequiel Duran stabbed on the very edge of the infield dirt and fired a bullet to first to get the Rangers out of the jam and preserve the lead. 

In the very next inning, with two runners in scoring position, Josh Smith roped a first pitch left-on-left single into center field to score two huge insurance runs and help the Rangers claim the victory. 

If Wednesday was a sign of what’s to come, the Rangers will be in good hands while they wait for their All-Star 3rd baseman to return. 

Both Ezequiel Duran and Josh Smith will be key factors as the Rangers welcome the Houston Astros into town for a four-game set at Globe Life Field this weekend. 

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