Much had been expected from Jurickson Profar this season. He had a year of big league experience under his belt and was ready to become the Rangers’ everyday second baseman.
That has been delayed after an MRI revealed a torn muscle in his right shoulder that will sideline him for 10-12 weeks. No surgery is required, but it’s still a significant setback for the 21-year-old.
“First of all, for my teammates, I feel like I let them down,” Profar said. “But at the same time, I’m going to work hard to get back, to get back to help them.”
Profar understands that he has a long road back because of the timeline it takes to return from the injury. He had been dealing with shoulder tendinitis early on in camp, but recovered and felt healthy playing the field.
Profar injured his shoulder during Saturday’s game on a throw he made to first base.
“The next day it was pretty sore,” he said. “I tried to practice through it, caught relays and stuff, but my throws weren’t good. They were weak.”
Profar is now focused on rehabbing and is going to begin by focusing on improving his speed and lower body.
Harrison seeing increased velocity
Matt Harrison feels he’s getting closer and closer to his old form a day after allowing two runs on five hits over three innings in a minor league start against the Royals’ Triple A team on Sunday night.
Harrison saw his velocity improve from his previous outing, going from the 88-90 mph range to 90-93 mph. He also felt he got better as his outing progressed.
“Each inning I got more extension, better life on my fastball,” Harrison said. “Off speed stuff is still hit and miss, but velocity is where I need it to be.”
Harrison is scheduled for another three-inning start Friday against the Astros in San Antonio.
Briefly• The Rangers released six minor leaguers, including right-hander Armando Galarraga. Others were right-handers Eric Brooks, Britt Robertshaw, John Niggli, John Straka and outfielder Kalien Sams.
• The Rangers honored players from the Arizona Fall League championship team, as well as the Dominican Summer League championship team, before Monday’s game.