Texas Rangers’ Willie Calhoun breaks jaw after being hit by pitch

Texas Ranger Willie Calhoun was scheduled to undergo further tests Monday after being hit by a pitch that broke his jaw.

The scary incident happened Sunday as the Rangers were batting in the first inning of a spring training game in Arizona against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The pitch that struck Calhoun was a 95 mph fastball from Dodger left-hander Julio Urias. Replays showed the ball striking Calhoun near the right side of his mouth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

“A CT scan and examination revealed he has a fracture of his jaw. He is expected to undergo further evaluation on Monday,” team spokesman John Blake said on Twitter.

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Teammate Joey Gallo saw Calhoun crumble to the ground as he was waiting to hit in the on-deck circle.

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun reacts as he is hit in the face with a pitch during a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun reacts as he is hit in the face with a pitch during a spring training game in Surprise, Ariz., against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

“It’s tough because I’m really, really close with Willie,” Gallo said, according to Star-Telegram. “He’s one of my best friends, so to see that happen and him go down like that — it was really, really tough to see that. I just tried to be there for him and make sure he knew we were all around him and trying to help him and just praying that he’s OK.”

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Calhoun was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

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The 25-year-old set career bests with 21 homers, a .269 average and an .848 OPS in 83 games in 2019.