Calhoun likely to IL for Rangers; RHP Gibson to start opener

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Texas Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun runs in from the outfield during the first inning of the team's spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Surprise, Ariz. Calhoun, who got hit in the face by a fastball in a spring training game last year, says he no longer feels like flinching or bailing out on breaking pitches. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun will likely start the regular season on the injured list because of a lingering groin injury. The outfielder/designated hitter hasn’t played in a spring training game since March 8. General manager Chris Young says Calhoun has a low grade groin strain. Rangers manager Chris Woodward later announced that veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson will be the Rangers starting pitcher in their season opener April 1 at Kansas City. It will be the first opening day start for Gibson, who is in his ninth MLB season.