Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Jurickson Profar's status:
Jurickson Profar doesn't expect to play again this season. "If I have to lose the year, that's alright. I want to get better." #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 3, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson and WFAA's Joe Trahan have bad news on Profar:
Jon Daniels says 8 to 12 more weeks on Jurickson Profar.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 22, 2014
USA Today's Bob Nightengale has more detail:
Jurickson Profar has Grade 2 strain of arm, Daniels says, which likely would end his season as well for #Rangers..— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 22, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 9
Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jeff Wilson has the latest on Profar's return:
Jurickson Profar says he will DH on Monday in an extended spring game in Arizona. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 9, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas has the latest as Jurickson Profar inches closer to coming back to the Rangers:
Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar was cleared to swing a bat immediately and will start throwing in a week after an MRI showed a muscle in his shoulder has healed.
Profar is on the 60-day disabled list and can’t be activated until the end of May anyway, though the club has not put any firm timetable on his return.
“I think after what we experienced in spring training in terms of an effort to ramp him up a little bit faster, I could see us being a little bit more cautious with him,” assistant GM Thad Levine said.
Updates from Sunday, April 27
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the latest on Jurickson Profar:
Jurickson Profar to have MRI on Tuesday as checkup on torn right shoulder muscle. If MRI is clean, he could start swinging a bat. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) April 27, 2014
Updates from Saturday, April 5
Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Jurickson Profar's injury:
Jurickson Profar resumed fielding drills Friday and was back at it Saturday with manager Ron Washington, but the injured second baseman still isn’t allowed to throw and is at least two weeks from swinging a bat.
“I’m trying to work and wait,” said Profar, who is lifting weights and doing cardiovascular work. “I want to be healthy, so I’m patient. I’m working hard at the things I can do.”
The Texas Rangers received some unfortunate news on Sunday regarding 21-year-old second baseman Jurickson Profar. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeted that Profar would be missing a substantial amount of time due to a shoulder injury:
Jurickson Profar will miss 10 to 12 weeks with a torn muscle in his shoulder. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 23, 2014
Luckily, the injury suffered was not serious enough to warrant surgery, according to another tweet from Wilson:
No surgery for Jurickson Profar, who was injured finishing a double play Saturday. Not the same muscles as earlier in camp. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) March 23, 2014
Profar dealt with ongoing shoulder tendinitis earlier this offseason after sustaining the injury from lifting weights. The team shut him down to avoid any long-term complications. Unfortunately, another shoulder injury reared its ugly head.
Profar figured to have a big impact on the Rangers this season, following up a breakout 2013 campaign in which he recorded 67 hits, 26 RBI and six home runs in just 85 games played.
Judging by the comments of assistant general manager Thad Levine, you can tell this is a crushing blow for the Rangers.
"This is our everyday second baseman, somebody we expected to take a major step forward in his career," Levine said, per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "Hopefully he'll be a weapon in the second half of the season."
While the Rangers will struggle to replace him, B/R's injury expert Will Carroll did provide some promising analysis on the long-term effects of the injury:
In the long term, Profar should have no trouble returning from this injury. His arm won't be as tested this season at second base, and with Elvis Andrus locked in long term at the position, Profar won't be forced to shift back.
With Profar missing time, the Rangers will have to rely on journeyman Adam Rosales to fill his shoes in the infield.