Texas Rangers keep Corey Seager away for second game in a row

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager missed his second consecutive game Tuesday night after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist.

Manager Bruce Bochy said Seager took a few swings before the series opener at home against San Diego and has been feeling better since being hit Saturday night. The shortstop went down, then got up and left the field after being hit on a check swing in Baltimore.

Initial X-rays showed no fracture, and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan confirmed this on Monday after the Rangers returned home from their trip.

While the Rangers hope to have Seager back soon, third baseman Josh Jung hasn't swung a bat since his last rehab game on June 20. He is recovering from a broken right wrist he suffered when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth game of the season on April 1. He underwent surgery the next day.

Jung is battling inflammation and pain in the tendon of his wrist after 17 at-bats in four rehab games.

“We're just trying to calm things down. That's really all we're doing,” Jung said Tuesday in the Rangers clubhouse.

Outfielder Evan Carter, who has missed 31 games with a lumbar strain, has been taking some at-bats at the team's Arizona complex, and Bochy said he should be back facing a real pitcher in a few days. Carter is still considered a rookie despite his debut at the end of last season and his stellar play in the playoffs when the Rangers won the World Series.

Right-hander Tyler Mahle pitched two scoreless innings for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday night in his first rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2023. Against Sugar Land, he threw 12 of his 19 pitches as strikes, allowed one hit with one strikeout and no walks.

The Rangers signed Mahle to a two-year, $22 million deal over the winter, knowing he would miss most of this season. If all goes well, he could join the team in early August.

Jung was voted by fans to be the American League starter as a rookie in last year's All-Star Game. He said he tries to keep his legs fresh and in shape. He tries to see pitches in the batting cage and may do some fielding drills without throwing the ball.

“Baseball-wise, I don't have a lot to do,” he said. “I try to do everything I can to be as prepared as possible. … I can't really do much at night, so I just do everything I can to be mentally ready.”

Bochy said Jung had suffered a serious injury and the manager said he was “not surprised that there were one or two problems along the way”.