Jurickson Profar’s Shoulder Injury Latest Malady to Befall Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers, whose spring training has been marked by uncertainty, disappointment, and injury, received one of their biggest blows of the spring on Sunday when they learned that starting second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss most of the first half of the 2014 season with a tornteres major muscle in his right shoulder. Profar reportedly suffered the injury to his throwing shoulder in Saturday’s Cactus League game. That injury blows a giant hole in the infield of a team already concerned about shortstop Elvis Andrus’ elbow and that has spent most of the spring trying to piece back together a pitching staff that is in tatters.
The need to open a position for the 21-year-old Profar, one of the most talented young players in the game, was one of the primary motivations behind the blockbuster November trade that saw Texas ship incumbent All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for superstar slugger Prince Fielder. As Iwrote at the time, the relative cost and value of those two players made Profar’s performance in his sophomore season and beyond the key to that trade working out for Texas. There’s still plenty of time for the Rangers to win that trade over the long term, but with Profar out until at least late June, they’re all the more likely to have merely broken even on the exchange in the season at hand.