Injuries: Profar to start throwing in a week

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar was cleared to swing a bat immediately and will start throwing in a week after an MRI showed a muscle in his shoulder has healed.

Profar is on the 60-day disabled list and can’t be activated until the end of May anyway, though the club has not put any firm timetable on his return.

“I think after what we experienced in spring training in terms of an effort to ramp him up a little bit faster, I could see us being a little bit more cautious with him,” assistant GM Thad Levine said.

Profar, 21, was diagnosed with a torn muscle in spring, forcing the Rangers to utilize Josh Wilson and Donnie Murphy at second base in place of Profar so far this season.

The Rangers updated the media on a handful of injured players, including:

*RHP Neftali Feliz (soreness). Feliz is apparently feeling fine and the club is coming up with a program to get him ramped up again. But he hasn’t thrown in a game since April 16 and would need a few weeks before he’d be ready to return.

*Catcher Geovany Soto (knee surgery). He remains on schedule and the brace on his knee is expected to come off in seven to 10 days.

*LHP Derek Holland (knee surgery). He’s going through PFP (pitcher’s fielding practice) and is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Wednesday.

*LHP Pedro Figueroa. He’ll have surgery to repair his UCL and also to fix a torn flexor tendon on Wednesday. Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister will handle the surgery.

*LHP Joe Ortiz. He has started a throwing program in Arizona.

*LHP Joe Saunders. Scheduled to throw three innings in extended spring game in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday.