(SURPRISE, Ariz.) — The Texas Rangers will have to wait and see just what prized prospect Jurickson Profar can do when given regular at-bats as the second baseman will miss 10-12 weeks with a slight muscle tear in his right shoulder.
Even though Profar won’t need to undergo surgery to repair the injury, it is still a blow to the 21-year-old Profar, who was replacing Ian Kinsler at second base after he was traded during the off season in exchange for first baseman Prince Fielder.
“All of it was unfortunate,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “We’re a big league club and this just gives someone else an opportunity to show what they can do.”
Profar has been one of the better minor league prospects since he broke in professional baseball. In 85 games last season, Profar batted .231 with seven home runs while driving in 28 runs.
The Rangers’ options behind Profar are thin. They could replace him with players like Josh Wilson, Adam Rosales or Brent Lillibridge.
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