Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took issue with some sniping directed at injured infielder Jurickson Profar, who is likely to miss his second consecutive season after having shoulder surgery on Monday.
Some fans on social media have complained about Profar, who chose to not have surgery last September with hopes of returning to the club for the 2015 season. An MRI revealed that his injury had not healed and required a procedure.
“I don’t think that’s fair,” Daniels said during a press conference with manager Jeff Banister. “This is a 22-year old young man who wants badly to play, absolutely worked his butt off.”
Profar, who turned 22 on Friday, stayed in Texas to rehab over the winter without an extended return to his home in Curacao to see family
“He did a tremendous job, saw a lot of results. And he’s hurt,” Daniels said. “In a lot of ways this was the tougher call to make. He put the work in and it hasn’t worked out. Fortunately, he’s still 22 and we will get him back, we will get him out there, it’s just going to take longer than any of us want.”
Daniels said he understands why Profar preferred to try rehabbing without surgery. Profar was hoping to make it back for the 2015 season and was in good spirits and feeling good throughout his recovery process this winter.
“I think that’s part of it. I also think any time you can avoid surgery it’s probably a good idea,” Daniels said. “That was somewhat his mentality. He felt he had a chance to avoid it and have a better chance to contribute this year.”
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