Texas Rangers Jurickson Profar shoulder discomfort jeopardizing Opening Day
When the Texas Rangers dealt 3-time All-Star Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers this winter, the move hinged upon phenom Jurickson Profar taking over the full-time 2B duties. However, Profar came into camp in Surprise, AZ, slowed by a balky shoulder and will not be able to begin throwing for another week, according the ESPNDallas.com writer Richard Durrett. Profar felt pain in his shoulder on Monday, prompting the shutdown. Texas Rangers GM Jon Hart expanded upon his prognosis (via ESPNDallas.com):
“There’s not much room for another setback as far as getting ready for Opening Day,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “The nature of the timing of it means there’s not much room for error in terms of the timeline for Opening Day, but it’s not something that should be a lingering thing. But we’ve got to get this knocked out. That’s the priority.”
The Rangers have been busy this offseason in stocking up for a deep post-season run, including the trade for Prince Fielder, signing prized OF free agent Shin Soo Choo. Middle infield depth isn’t something they have a lot of anymore, figuring the young Profar (turns 21 this week) and Elvis Andrus (25) would both be able to go every day.
– David Whitlock