TEMPE, Ariz. — The decision didn’t faze Jurickson Profar. Yes, he would have liked to make the major league squad, but he understands why the Texas Rangers are having him start the season at Triple A Round Rock.“It’s good for me,” Profar said. “I’m getting to play every day. I’m going to face a lot of veteran pitchers, so I’m sure I’m going to get better.”Profar, 20, is the game’s top prospect and the Rangers considered him making the team as their utility infielder. However, they went with the speedier and more versatile Leury Garcia, opting to keep Profar playing every day in the minors.Profar will play primarily at shortstop for Round Rock with an occasional start at second base. He spent most of last season at Double A Frisco, batting .281 with 26 doubles, seven triples and 14 home runs over 126 games.Profar made his major league debut last season, memorably hitting a home run in his first at-bat in Cleveland.Garcia, 22, is excited about the opportunity to play in the big leagues. He is coming off an impressive season in winter ball and was on the Dominican roster in the World Baseball Classic.“This is a really good opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it,” Garcia said. “I’m going to play hard whenever they give me a chance. I’ll keep working hard and be ready every day just like I would if I played every day.”Down to the wireIt’s gone from daily to hourly in the mind of Julio Borbon. He knows his future could be decided at any moment, as the Rangers have to make a decision on his status by Opening Day.If Borbon is not on the 25-man roster Sunday, the Rangers have to expose him to waivers or trade him. General manager Jon Daniels said he has had trade talks with other clubs and said he would be “shocked” if Borbon cleared waivers.So it goes down to the wire for Borbon, who made the trip back to Texas with the team after Wednesday’s game and has grown accustomed to these types of last-minute decisions. He signed in the final seconds before the deadline as a supplemental pick in the 2007 draft, and had to sweat it out the past few seasons as the Rangers waited to make a call on their outfield situation.“This is not anything new,” Borbon said. “I’m enjoying my last day here and just trying to take it one hour at a time. I’m not trying to put any extra thoughts in it.”Borbon said he has seen the trade rumors about where he could end up, but is not concerning himself with it until something actually happens.Undecided futureNate Robertson would like to stay in the Rangers’ organization, but would be doing himself a disservice if he didn’t check the landscape to see if there were big-league opportunities for him.The Rangers informed Robertson that he would begin the season at Triple A Round Rock, but wouldn’t hold him hostage should he find a big-league job.Robertson, a 35-year-old left-handed reliever, reinvented himself as a pitcher by dropping his arm slot and had impressive spring results by posting a 1.64 ERA over 10 Cactus League outings.The Rangers, though, already have two left-handers in the bullpen with Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman.“It’s a dynamic situation,” Robertson said. “I’m not a young buck anymore. I would love to be a Ranger, it’s obviously a team that wants to finish it off and win the World Series. But I’ve got to weigh other factors, too. If there’s a chance for me to go extend my career somewhere else, then you’ve got to make the best decision for you personally.“I still have the desire to play the game, so I’m not going home.”Rule 5 movesCoty Woods wanted to stay with the Rangers, but the team couldn’t work out a trade with the Rockies to make that happen. Therefore, the Rangers returned the right-handed reliever to Colorado for $25,000, half the price Texas paid to acquire him in the Rule 5 draft last winter.Woods had a 2.61 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 10 outings this spring, but wasn’t going to make the bullpen.“They wanted him back,” Ron Washington said. “If he would’ve stunk over here, they wouldn’t have wanted him back.”The Rangers received a Rule 5 selection, as well. The Indians returned first baseman Chris McGuiness.Briefly• Nelson Cruz on going into a contract year: “It’s like any other year for me. That’s the way I see it. There’s no pressure.”• Ron Washington has not determined how he will split playing time between Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry in center field. “I’m glad I’m in that situation,” Washington said. “I’ve got two guys that can play.”• Washington made it official after Wednesday’s game. Alexi Ogando will start the third game of the season against the Astros, and Derek Holland will start the home opener April 5 against the Angels.• Fifth starter Nick Tepesch allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings in a minor league start Wednesday. He gave up a home run to start the game, and the other run scored after an error in the second inning. He threw 92 pitches.• Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman are the two likely setup men for the Rangers at this point, Washington said.• The Rangers granted utility infielder Brandon Snyder his unconditional release. Snyder broke camp last year as one of the team’s bench players, but would have been bound for Triple A Round Rock this season.• The Rangers fell to the Angels 6-3 on Wednesday afternoon. Kirkman allowed his first runs and issued his first walk in Cactus League games, while starter Brad Mills allowed one run over four innings. The Rangers wrap up their Cactus League season today against the Diamondbacks in a game that will feature only minor leaguers.• The Rangers sent minor-league outfielder Desmond Henry to Kansas City to complete the Nov. 8 trade for left-hander Tommy Hottovy.
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