Josh Jung began Thursday having hit in the last 11 games in which he’s played. He’d hit five homers in seven Triple-A games, including one Wednesday. He’d posted a 1.519 OPS at Triple-A Round Rock.
He’s swinging it.
But if you want to get him really excited, just wait until he tells you about the bad throw he made the other night. Well, the play on which he made the throw. It started with a dive. Onto his surgically repaired left shoulder.
“I’m feeling pretty good and confident,” Jung said Thursday about his swing, then changed the subject. “But I dove for a ball for the first time and I was like ‘OK, I dove. It feels OK. I’m going to be OK. I can do what I need to. I can dive more.’”
Well, all things considered, the Rangers would probably be fine with him leaving his feet less often. But the point is: Jung is ready. In every phase. His callup for his major league debut, delayed by surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder after an offseason weightlifting injury, is just about over.
The Rangers could call their 24-year-old 2019 first-round pick to the majors as early as next week. He has been in a playing progression that will have him DH on Friday, take Saturday off and play Sunday. After that, he’d presumably play at the manager’s discretion without limits. Which manager he’d play…