News broke out late Sunday night that the Texas Rangers will be without top prospect Jurickson Profar for a few months. After feeling discomfort in his right shoulder for about four weeks, Profar went to receive an x-ray. Profar then found out that he tore a muscle in his right shoulder, which is his throwing shoulder. His injury will likely keep him out until the All-Star break.
2014 was supposed to be the year that Profar would break out and become an immediate star for this Rangers ball club. But with the injury, Profar will likely miss 10-12 weeks. While he hasn’t broken out yet, there was reason to believe in 2013 that Profar was starting to put it all together. It should also be mentioned that Profar was only 20 years old last year.
After the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler to Detroit, it was clear that Profar would finally get the chance to start at second base. This injury is tricky because Profar will need to rehab his shoulder entirely before coming back to start in the lineup. He will have to go through around four to six weeks of baseball activities and light throwing before returning on Texas’ roster.
With the injury to Profar, Josh Wilson will most likely be the starter. Also, Rougned Odor could also be an option at second base as he has hit just under .300 in 10 Spring Training games. The injury to Profar is a big blow, but the Rangers have guys who can weather the storm until Profar returns.
This is just another injury for the Rangers. Geovany Soto limped off the field after he felt pain in his right knee. Elvis Andrus is out with elbow soreness. Shin-Soo Choo has been limited because of a sore shoulder. Star pitcher Yu Darvish has had trouble throwing because of neck stiffness. While it’s not worth it to risk it, Spring Training gives players valuable reps before the MLB season actually starts. The Rangers need to get healthy before the 162-game season starts. Their season is hinging on their key players to return.