Texas Rangers Jurickson Profar shoulder discomfort jeopardizing Opening Day

  • David Whitlock

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.”

Profar should get immediate playing time Credit: Mark Duncan/AP

Profar is expected to come of age in 2014, if he can get past shoulder issues
Credit: Mark Duncan/AP

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

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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