Jurickson Profar is not going anywhere for the time being.
The infielder who filled in at second base while Rougned Odor served his seven-game suspension remained in the lineup at leadoff as the designated hitter Saturday night. Odor was reinstated before Saturday’s game and is back playing second base.
Jurickson [Profar] could be here for an extended period and something else could present itself along the way and he might not be. It’s just the nature of the game.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels
Profar, the former top prospect in the Rangers’ organization who missed two full seasons with shoulder injuries, has been lighting it up at the plate since coming up from Triple A Round Rock. He’s hitting .364 with two homers, a double, triple and nine runs scored in seven games.
The Rangers are giving Prince Fielder the night off to keep Profar in the lineup. Fielder, who has struggled the first two months of the season, is likely to get a couple games off to help him “unplug,” as manager Jeff Banister calls it.
“We’re going to find opportunities for Profar to play while he’s here,” Banister said. “Now is that on an everyday basis? I’m not willing to go into that just yet. We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t played for two years.”
The club didn’t need to send Profar down Saturday because they were playing a man down during Odor’s suspension.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos is expected to come off the disabled list on June 9 and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo expects to return from the DL on June 13 so more moves will be in order.
Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen was recalled from Triple A Round Rock and utility infielder Hanser Alberto was optioned. Alberto could use some frequent at-bats he’s not getting in the big leagues. Plus, with Profar here, the need for an extra infielder is unnecessary.