With Opening Day now just a week away, the last thing any team wants to deal with is a big injury. But for the Texas Rangers and second baseman Jurickson Profar, that's exactly what has happened. The team announced on Sunday he is expected to miss 10-12 weeks after suffering a torn muscle in his right shoulder.
The good news is it's a slight tear and it won't require surgery. However he will be expected to have four to six weeks of limited baseball activities before taking any practice swings or even starting a throwing routine. Rangers Assistant General Manager Thad Levine noted that Profar injured his shoulder in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against Kansas City, while trying to compete a double play.
He felt some pain but was able to play the rest of the innings he was supposed to play. He came in today, he was sore and based upon his previous injury he sustained we wanted to get an MRI.
The MRI showed a tear that was adjacent to and different from the muscle he sustained a previous injury to. He should be a weapon for us in the second half of the season. Maybe a bit earlier.
This is our every day second baseman. Someone we had every expectation was going to take a meaningful step forward in his career and be a big part of our 2014 campaign. You have to turn to your scouts and player development guys when these things happen and rely on the depth you've created.
At the moment, the Rangers aren't sure where they will turn for a replacement. They could look to Josh Wilson or Adam Rosales as an option, or test out their minor league system with the likes of Brent Lillibridge.
Profar was shut down just a few days into Spring Training with shoulder tendinitis. He then missed a few more days after having four wisdom teeth pulled. He is one of the top prospects in baseball, and was given a chance to prove his worth after the Rangers dealt Ian Kinsler during the offseason.
Last year, he hit .234 with six home runs and 26 RBI's as a utility infielder. So far this spring, he's only hit .222 with two homers and 11 RBI's.