The chances of seeing Jurickson Profar play for the Texas Rangers this season will likely be wiped away Monday after the infielder undergoes surgery on his troublesome right shoulder.
The infielder missed all of last season because of three separate tears of the teres major muscle on the back of the shoulder. He had been throwing to 105 feet on his latest comeback try, but a routine MRI exam Tuesday showed a strain on the subscapularis muscle.
Team physician Dr. Keith Meister will perform the surgery and give a timetable for Profar’s recovery then. Profar said in January that he bypassed surgery in September after his second setback because it would have forced him to miss this season.
Profar, baseball’s top prospect in 20013, was originally injured last March just before camp broke and again in May and September. He was slated to be the Rangers’ starting second baseman, a job that now firmly belongs to Rougned Odor.
Had Profar remained healthy, he would have started the season in the minor leagues to gain at-bats he missed in 2014. He hasn’t played a game since late in 2013 in the Dominican Winter League.
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