Willie Calhoun to Miss Rangers Opening Day with Hip Strain

Texas Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun in August 2019. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (10369659k)

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is going to miss his team’s Opening Day game on July 24th after suffering a hip flexor strain in an intrasquad game on Monday night.

It appeared that Calhoun had gotten lucky after the season was postponed after suffering a hit by a pitch in the face earlier in Spring Training, which would’ve caused him to miss the previously-scheduled Opening Day.

Calhoun himself expressed in a tweet that it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for him to play on Opening Day this season.

The Texas native, who was shipped from the Dodgers to the Rangers as a prospect in a trade for Yu Darvish back in 2017, established himself as a starter in the outfield for his team in the second half of 2019.

In his first extended run of action in the big leagues, the diminutive outfielder batted .269 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI in only 83 games last season.

Calhoun, who is 25 years old, was expected to enter into 2020 as his team’s starting left fielder. However, it appears that he will have to wait to insert himself into Texas’s starting nine after yet another unfortunate injury.

The Rangers have given no timetable for Calhoun’s return, but he could return to action in August.