Chris Woodward: Willie Calhoun, Robinson Chirinos May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

Josh Clark
July 15, 2020 - 1:09 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Rangers manager Chris Woodward joined 105.3 The Fan on Wednesday and provided some updates on the club's recent injuries to catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Willie Calhoun.

Woodward first spoke about Chirinos and said the club may have caught a break with his ankle injury. The veteran backstop was injured when outfielder Scott Heineman slid into his ankle on a play at the plate during Monday's intraquad game. 

"Thankfully, we're hoping we kind of dodged a bullet there. When it first happened, obviously, it made me nervous because I thought it was his ankle. ... Robby (Chirinos) didn't feel real comfortable walking off the field but he did walk off the field, so that was good. The next day he showed up and it wasn't as swollen as anticipated, so we may have avoided some long-term damage there.

"He may miss the very start of the year, but there's actually a chance he could be ready to start. We have three off days in the first ten days, so that could help take the load off a little bit. We're looking to get him back sooner than I anticipated, Woody said on the K&C Masterpiece. "Jose Trevino and Jeff Mathis are both (there). We kind of planned on having three guys to start, so if Robby isn't fully ready we have a bunch of other guys in camp that can take on that third catcher (spot)."

When it comes to Calhoun, Woody says the club will take a cautious approach with their young outfielder, which may not be what Calhoun wants to hear after he's had a couple of unlucky breaks with injuries last season and in the club's first spring training prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Don't tell Willie that," Woodward quipped when asked if Calhoun will be ready for opening day. "I feel bad for him because obviously he got hit in the face before the last potential start-up to the season. This time, he gets banged up with the hip flexor, groin issue. If he's not ready, he'll be ready shortly after. The last thing I want him to do is rush back for opening day and for him to severely hurt it and now he's out for pretty much the whole year. Two months is not a long time, so if you have a significant muscle injury or tear you're looking at six weeks, which is pretty much the entire season. So we want to avoid that as much as we can."