Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar will likely miss the season after having surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder on Monday, the team announced. There is a chance Profar could hit late in the season, reports Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Profar missed the entire 2014 season because of the shoulder injury. Last week, the Rangers said the 22-year-old was throwing from 105 feet without discomfort, but an MRI showed damage to the subscapularis muscle in Profar's right shoulder. He underwent surgery on the labrum because that was believed to be the root cause of his recurring shoulder problems, reported Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest.
Profar was widely considered the best prospect in baseball before the 2013 season. After he was called up in May 2013, Profar appeared in 85 games and batted .234 with six home runs and 26 RBIs. He spent 31 games at second base, 20 as a designated hitter, 17 at shortstop and 10 at third base.
During spring training last year, he was shut down until at least midseason because of the shoulder issues. He suffered a setback in May and ended up missing the year.
With Profar out, rookie Rougned Odor played second base and hit .259 with a .402 slugging percentage in 114 games.
- Mike Fiammetta