Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jurickson Profar is not starting spring training the way he would have liked this year. He is coming in to camp with shoulder tendinitis and had only been cleared to start throwing by the team doctor yesterday.
After a few throws yesterday, Profar felt some discomfort in his shoulder. The coaching staff stopped Jurickson and told him that he probably won’t be throwing for another week. Even though he won’t be throwing, Profar is still at camp working with Ron Washington on his footwork. Washington stresses how important it is for Profar to get the footwork down.
"“If he gets the footwork, everything else will come.” said Ron Washington (ESPNDallas.com Richard Durrett)"
It is already the middle of February; the rest of the position players will be at camp in two days and Jurickson Profar is still unable to throw. This leaves 41 days until Opening day. After this setback there is no margin for error for Profar if he will start opening day.
"“There’s not much room for another setback as far as getting ready for Opening Day.” said Jon Daniels (ESPNDallas.com Richard Durrett)"
Opening Day is what Jurickson Profar is hungry for. It will be the first time he has a position all to himself. The second biggest thing the Prince Fielder trade did was open up a spot for Profar to play every day. The fans have been anxious to see Profar start every day since his first MLB at bat sent a ball flying over the right field fence in Progressive Field in Cleveland. Fans in the DFW area went nuts when Ian Kinsler got injured on that funky slide in late May of last year because it meant that they would get to see Profar in Arlington. Profar mania was at an all time high then. But something happened between then and the end of the season. Profar mania died down at an exceptional rate. Fans weren’t nearly as excited that young Jurickson would be playing every day in Arlington because of the Kinsler trade.
Why was this? Because he only hit .234? Was it because he only hit 6 base-clearing bombs? I urge you readers to get excited for this guy. Ron Washington raves about how he isn’t phased by the game of baseball. This is the same player who hit a walk off homer against the bitter rival Angels coming off the bench cold. I’m banking on Profar being healthy for March 31st at Globe Life Park because this is what he, and the Baseball Town fans, have been waiting for. So I urge you to start some Profar mania today, because I’m betting by this time in 2 months it will be in full swing.