Jurickson Profar, dealing with shoulder tendinitis, has started a throwing program at 75 feet. He was shut down from throwing for about a week, and also was limited in swinging the bat.
But Profar has been able to do everything else and has done early and late work at second base with manager Ron Washington. The Rangers do not consider this a significant setback and expect Profar to be ready by Opening Day.
In other injury news, courtesy of assistant general manager Thad Levine:
OF Alex Rios (sore left big toe): Is working out and feels well, but will not play in Thursday’s Cactus League opener.
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RHP Tanner Scheppers (back spasms): Scheduled to throw a live batting practice Thursday.
RHP Nick Tepesch (back stiffness): Scheduled to throw a live batting practice Friday.
C Geovany Soto (left foot surgery): Back in camp and is expected to be game-ready by March 15.
RHP Ben Rowen (biceps tendinitis): Will begin a throwing program the first week of March.
LHP Rafael Perez (hamstring strain): Expected to play catch today.
RHP Shawn Tolleson (shoulder soreness): Day to day, but has yet to throw.
RHP Miles Mikolas (elbow soreness): Day to day, but has yet to throw.
LHP Joseph Ortiz (surgery on broken foot): He is non-weight bearing until the end of March.