Jurickson Profar became the Rangers' starting second baseman after Ian Kinsler was traded. (Getty Images)
Jurickson Profar's attempt to work through shoulder tendinitis via a throwing program has come to a screeching halt after one day. Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers have shut down their second baseman for at least a week. Profar also will not swing a bat during that period.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniel described the move as "overly cautious." Profar has been bothered by shoulder soreness for the last month.
“We don’t have a long-term concern, but with the nature of this injury, there is not much room for error in order to be ready for the start of the season,” Daniels said. “We want to get it knocked out.”
Profar told Rangers officials he injured the shoulder about a month ago lifting weights. He has since had an MRI that should a strain and an injection of anti-inflammatory medication.
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Daniels said the Rangers have not begun a search for an insurance policy at second base. One of the benefits of trading starter Ian Kinsler to the Tigers in the offseason -- in addition to acquiring Prince Fielder's big bat -- was to make room for Profar, who is widely considered one of the game's best prospects.
Daniels said the Rangers still plan on using Profar as a designated hitter in early spring training games and having him work in the field by the second or third week of March.