-- Jurickson Profar has been cleared to begin his throwing program, but the Rangers are taking a cautious approach with their second baseman.
Profar is dealing with right shoulder tendinitis and is not expected to fully participate in drills at the beginning of camp. Instead, he is going to do everything but throw. The plan remains for him to start Cactus League games as the designated hitter before getting time at second base.
“It’s what’s best for me,” Profar said. “My arm feels fine, but I just want to make sure I’m ready for Opening Day.”
In other news, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels provided the following updates:• Left-hander Derek Holland (left knee microfracture surgery) is scheduled to undergo a scan on his knee in two weeks. If all goes well, he could report to camp in early March.
• Starters Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis are listed as “full go.”
• Submarine right-hander Ben Rowen (biceps tendinitis) has been cleared to start his throwing program. He won’t be ready to pitch when Cactus League play begins, but should be in games before camp breaks.
• Left-hander Joseph Ortiz (left foot surgery) is in camp but is non-weight bearing until the end of March.
• Right-hander Roman Mendez (olecranon stress fracture surgery) is throwing bullpen sessions and progressing in his program. He is behind to start camp.
• Right-hander Shawn Tolleson (left ankle sprain) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice today.
• Right-hander Daniel Bard had thoracic outlet syndrome and is also dealing with a stiff back.