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**Langford’s Return Boosts Rangers’ Lineup**

Wyatt Langford made an impactful return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup after being on the 10-day injured list. His first hit, a single in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over the Diamondbacks, clocked in at a career-high 111.9 mph exit velocity. Langford then scored from first on a Jonah Heim double, putting the Rangers up 1-0 in the third inning, confirming his hamstring is in good shape.

Langford, previously the Rangers’ top prospect before graduating from MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 list, missed 20 games due to a right hamstring strain suffered on May 4. Despite the setback, he expressed readiness and optimism about his return. “I feel good,” Langford said. “My body feels good, the swing feels good, and I’m ready to be back.”

Before his injury, Langford, a strong contender for AL Rookie of the Year, was batting .224/.295/.293 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 31 games. Despite his stellar college career at the University of Florida and a standout performance in the Cactus League, Langford has faced challenges adjusting to major league pitching.

Reflecting on his time off, Langford admitted it was beneficial. “There was a lot going on with my swing,” he noted. He focused on adjusting to different pitches and timing, essential for his return to form.

With teammates Evan Carter, Leody Taveras, and Adolis García covering the outfield, Langford has primarily served as the designated hitter, an adjustment he’s still getting used to. “I’ve never done that [DHing every day],” he said, highlighting the physical and mental adjustments required.

Carter’s recent placement on the 10-day IL with a lower back issue presents Langford with an opportunity to energize the Rangers’ struggling offense. Langford’s speed and base-running skills add a dynamic element to the team, as noted by teammate Corey Seager: “He’s young, he’s fresh, he’s energetic… It’s a little kick in the butt for everybody else.”

Manager Bruce Bochy emphasized Langford’s overall contribution: “The way he plays, the bat, the way he runs the bases, the way he plays the outfield… It’s good to have him back.”

Langford’s return follows a brief three-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers, having endured an 11-16 May with multiple injuries, hope Langford’s return will help turn their season around in June.

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