Mar 22, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) slides into second base safely with a double while being tagged by Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Rangers starting second baseman Jurickson Profar is expected to miss up to three months of the 2014 season due to a slight muscle tear in his right shoulder, according to ESPN Dallas. This is a rather large setback for the Texas Rangers as this was to be Jurickson Profar’s first time to be an everyday second baseman after the Texas Rangers traded away Ian Kinsler during the off-season. Jurickson felt some discomfort in his shoulder and went for 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 little bit earlier.” ESPN Dallas"
Names like Adam Rosales and Josh Wilson are being bandied about, as well as Brent Lillibridge and Texas Rangers young prospect Rougned Odor. With all that has been happening on the pitching side of the ball (Yu Darvish may be in question for opening day, Matt Harrison won’t make opening day, Derek Holland is out, Alexi Ogando, Tommy Hanson and Joe Saunders throwing up duds), we were all hoping that the offense would be intact going into the season, but that is now not going to be the case.
With Jurickson Profar out, Geovany Soto having dead leg and Shin-Soo Choo having a less than stellar spring with all of the pitching news, I am starting to think that now, is a good time to start panicking about the Texas Rangers. I hope I am wrong.