It was a scary moment for Dodgers and Rangers fans a few weeks ago when Willie Calhoun went down. The power-hitting prospect took a 95 mph fastball from Julio Urias to the chin, and it looked very bad. Calhoun remained down for a while before being carted off of the field to go to a nearby hospital.
But the good news is that Calhoun appears to be recovering well. In fact, he thinks he will be ready to go when the season starts, whenever that may be. The 25-year-old outfielder had a plate inserted to stabilize his jaw, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from getting back to baseball whenever he is allowed to.
Calhoun took to his Instagram to post just a few short days after the scary moment.
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After over 72 hours in the hospital, I’m finally going home!! Thank you so much @kaitlin.faber for getting absolutely no sleep with me I love you so much ?? Once again thank all of you for keeping me In your prayers, it really doesn’t go unnoticed and I really appreciate it all ??
Calhoun was a former top prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system. He also ranked as high as number 36 on baseball’s top prospect list at one point. Los Angeles traded him to the Rangers as a part of the deal that brought Yu Darvish out west. Calhoun hit .269/.323/.524 with 21 home runs and 48 RBI over 337 plate appearances last season in a more consistent Major League role.