Jurickson Profar’s shoulder surgery went well Monday morning, but the 22-year-old infielder will miss all of 2015, general manager Jon Daniels said. It’s the second consecutive season Profar has missed with the injury.
Team doctor Keith Meister repaired a tear in Profar’s right labrum. Nothing else was surgically repaired, Daniels said, leaving the possibility that no other issues were apparent. Profar will most likely return to hitting within a year, perhaps even in a game, Daniels said. But it will be a year before he’s able to throw at 100 percent.
Profar will get an MRI at the end of June and Dr. Meister will evaluate how the muscle is healing.
“We’re going to take it slow,” Daniels said. “The expectation is this will resolve the problem which has bothered him and frustrated all of us for the last year or so. The expectation is a full recovery.”
Utility infielder signed
The Rangers signed utility infielder Elliot Johnson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training. The move helps add depth with Profar’s absence. Johnson hit .105 in seven games with the Indians in 2014 after playing with four different teams in the previous two seasons.
“With Jurickson down, Elliot goes into the infield mix at the upper levels,” Daniels said. “Versatile defender, plus runner, very good makeup. He can move around a little bit.”
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