SURPRISE, Ariz. – Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun was having surgery to repair his broken jaw Monday, a day after being hit in the face by a fastball.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Calhoun was being operated on prior to Texas' spring training game against the Oakland Athletics. Woodward said doctors would decide during the procedure whether Calhoun would need to have his mouth wired shut, or if a plate would be inserted.
The recovery if he only needs a plate is expected to be shorter. Woodward also said the team was not yet sure if Calhoun had a concussion.
The left-handed hitting Calhoun was hit by a first-inning fastball from Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias — a former minor league teammate and friend of Calhoun's. Drafted by the Dodgers in 2015, Calhoun was traded to Texas in July 2017 in a package for Yu Darvish.
Woodward said Urias texted Calhoun to express concern.
The 25-year-old Calhoun was air-lifted to a hospital, and Woodward left Texas' game to meet him there. He was joined by general manager Jon Daniels, as well as Calhoun's family, which had recently arrived in Arizona and was watching Calhoun play for the first time this spring.
Woodward said he got emotional on the field and quickly decided to leave the game.
“I didn't want to be there," he said. "I didn't want to be at that game at all.”