Will Jurickson Profar return by Opening day?
By David Cash
During the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego California Jon Daniels talked a little bit about infielder Jurickson Profar. It was reported earlier that Profar won’t start his throwing program until January. In case you don’t remember Profar missed the entire 2014 season due to torn teres major muscle. During spring training of last year the Rangers thought the injury was minor and attempted several times to bring him back, but each time it resulted in a setback.
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Near the end of the season last year the Rangers decided to shut him down for the season and even winter ball to allow him to rest and get 100% healthy. The Rangers basically want him 110% healthy before he starts playing baseball again full speed. His absence last season meant that the club’s other top prospect middle-infielder Rougned Odor was able to play a majority of the season at second base and for the most part has earned a spot at second base again for the 2015 season.
When asked about if he would be on the Texas Rangers Opening day roster he said the following.
"“Probably not,” Daniels said. “He needs to play. We’re not going to keep him as our utility guy.” (Star-Telegram – Jeff Wilson)"
It’s not time to give up on Profar just yet, because he’s only 21 years old and is very talented. He should be able to bounce back, but won’t be playing for the Rangers any time soon. Daniels talked about his return next season and said they are going to take it slow and very cautiousness.
Last season he didn’t have surgery to correct the tear, but if he does continue they’ll likely opt for surgery. If that does happen he could miss another full season. Hopefully that won’t happen and he’ll be able to get plenty of playing time in the minors to work his way back to the Rangers.