All-Star 3B Jung returns for Rangers’ playoff push

All-Star 3B Jung returns for Rangers' playoff push

ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star rookie third baseman

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    Jung, a leading candidate for the AL’s top rookie award before fracturing his left thumb, got hurt on a bizarre play against Miami on Aug. 6.

    Jorge Soler hit a scorching 110-mph line drive directly at Jung. The ball bounded out of his glove but he grabbed it and started a double play by tagging the bag and throwing to second. Jung then left the game.

    In 109 games, Jung hit .274 with 22 homers and 67 RBIs. He was leading all major league rookies in homers, RBIs, hits (117), runs (70) and extra-base hits (47) when he got hurt. He had only three errors in 290 total chances at third base for a .990 fielding percentage.

    Monday was the first day Garcia was eligible to come off the 10-day IL because of a patellar tendon strain in his right knee. He was the AL leader with 100 RBIs when he got hurt Sept. 6.

    The Rangers had six All-Stars this season, and all but second baseman Marcus Semien have had IL stints since that game in mid-July. They are also without two injured Cy Young Award winners.

    Shortstop Corey Seager and switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim were already back in the lineup. Right-handed starter Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled Tuesday for his fourth start since missing seven weeks with a strained right forearm.

    Three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer will miss the rest of the regular season, and likely the playoffs as well if the Rangers make it, because of a muscle strain in his right shoulder after his start last week. Two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom had season-ending elbow surgery after Texas won each of his six starts before the end of April. He signed a $185 million, five-year contract in free agency last winter after nine seasons with the Mets.