Mar 4, 2014; Tempe, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington talks with coaches against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Los Angeles Angels won the spring training game 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Health a Big Question Mark for Texas Rangers

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The spring started with a huge injury and hasn’t gotten better. Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar have both missed substantial time in the field due to arm and shoulder injuries. Profar needs all the time and practice at 2nd base as possible. He seems to be doing fine now and has no setbacks with his shoulder. Elvis Andrus on the other hand has just had another setback. He is scheduled to have his elbow checked out and they should have the results by Friday.

If this turns out to be serious the Rangers are going to have a tough decision to make. His back-up would more than likely be Adam Rosales but he is a .200 hitter at best. They have players in their minor league system but most feel they are still a couple years away. Another possible choice is Stephen Drew who is still available in free agency. To acquire him it would seem that they would have to over spend.


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Adrian Beltre has been hampered by a quad but has said if it was the regular season he would be on the field playing. Mitch Moreland has an oblique injury and is questionable for the start of the 2014 season. Michael Choice, who has had an excellent spring, looks to be the everyday DH until Moreland can play. Most believe that with Choice has won the DH spot with his spring performance. Alex Rios also had an oblique injury earlier in spring but has come back and is crushing the ball. Shin-Soo Choo has been bothered by a sore elbow which could be the reason for his subpar performance this spring.

Matt Harrison finally pitched in an “A” game but gave up 3 runs in less than 2 innings. With Harrison it’s more about how he feels after throwing than stats right now. It’s expected that he will miss the first couple weeks of the season. Derek Holland, who is coming off knee surgery, is expected to be out until the all-star break. However, Holland believes he will be back around June not July. They expect him to start his bullpen sessions when the season kicks off.

With the rotation still not set the lineup can ill-afford to lose an Elvis or Beltre. Both of these players are crucial to Prince Fielder and his production. Let’s just hope that with a week and a half left in spring the Rangers can avoid more injuries.

Tags: Derek Holland Elvis Andrus Jurickson Profar Matt Harrison Michael Choice Texas Rangers

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