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Kole Calhoun’s injury will keep him out of Rangers’ lineup for longer than expected

Calhoun originally went on the 10-day IL with right heel irritation, but hasn’t started “significant” baseball activity.

ARLINGTON – The math would suggest that Rangers outfielder Kole Calhoun would return from injury Saturday. Ten days from Aug. 3 is Aug. 13 after all, right?

Calhoun’s return might not be that simple, however.

Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Calhoun won’t be activated Saturday and hinted that a return might not be anytime soon. Calhoun went on the 10-day IL with right heel irritation.

“He’s feeling better, but I don’t think I can give you really any timetable,” Woodward said Friday. “He’s got a weird injury. It’s like the smallest muscle in the body that doesn’t get hurt very often. We really don’t know how long [it’s going to be].”

Woodward said Calhoun has been rehabbing but hasn’t really started any “significant” baseball activity.

Calhoun, a one-year free agent signing in the offseason, has had an up-and-down season. He was one of the team’s best hitters in May, hitting .326 with seven home runs and an OPS above 1.000, but he’s struggled outside of that. In June, his best other month, he hit .198.

Other injury news: Former Rangers closer Joe Barlow pitched in a bullpen session Friday and could return to the active roster early next week. Barlow hasn’t pitched since July 12. He’s been on the IL with a hurt finger.

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