Willie Calhoun Cleared To Resume Baseball Activities After Breaking Jaw

105.3 The Fan
March 26, 2020 - 12:23 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun continues to progress from his broken jaw, so much so,  that he can now resume baseball activities, he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. 

Calhoun returned to Texas almost two weeks ago after being examined by Dr. Steven Wiener in Phoenix and was cleared to travel home on the team's charter. 

“This team is my family, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Calhoun tweeted at the time.

Calhoun’s jaw was broken when he was hit in the face by a fastball during a spring training game on March 8. He was taken off the field on a motorized cart and airlifted to the hospital. Wiener performed surgery the following day to insert a plate and stabilize the jaw.

The Rangers said then that Calhoun had no other current symptoms outside the jaw fracture and would be able to start light cardio activity. It appears that Calhoun has now progressed enough to ramp up his activities while MLB waits out the coronavirus pandemic. 

Calhoun hit .269 with 21 homers in 83 games last season. He is expected to start in left field for the Rangers, who traded outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara over the winter. It looked as if Calhoun would begin the season on the injured list before opening day was delayed indefinitely because of the virus.

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías, a former minor league teammate and friend of Calhoun’s, threw the pitch that hit Calhoun. The left-handed hitting Calhoun was drafted by the Dodgers in 2015, and traded to Texas in July 2017 in a package for Yu Darvish.