The injured second baseman had his rehab stints shut down three times last season because of a lack of flexibility in his right shoulder, and now, Daniels said Profar, who is slated to start a throwing program in January, most likely will miss Opening Day.
"Probably not," Daniels said of Profar playing in the opener. "We’re not going to keep him as a utility player, he needs to play. He's missed a season of baseball and he's going to play everyday somewhere."
Profar missed the 2014 season with his shoulder injury and with that lost the starting job to Rougned Odor. Daniels admitted the Rangers made a mistake in Profar's rehab schedule last year.
"We probably were a little aggressive on it," Daniels said. "Looking back on it, being more conservative would have been more prudent."
There are still hopes for Profar, a highly-regarded prospect, to play at some point for the Rangers. Along with left-handed starter Matt Harrison (back), Profar will be behind the other players at his position when spring training starts.
The objective is to allow the rehab process help him get back on the field. If Profar undergoes surgery, he will miss the entire 2015 season, and that's something nobody wants.
"The doctors feel like he's on his way," Daniels said. "He just hasn’t picked up a ball yet but can't say with a certainty but it appears he's on his way to being healthy. "
Harrison hoping to return: Harrison, who has underwent three surgeries in a two-year span, most likely will miss the start of the season too. Daniels said team doctors say Harrison is recovering nicely and doing some rehab work, but he's suffered setbacks in the past himself.
So the Rangers are cautious when it comes to expectations for him.
"He feels great right now, working out and doing all his stuff," Daniels said. "Getting up on a mound, five day routine, spring training, we’ll have a better sense. If he comes back and he’s Matt Harrison (a 200-inning starter), it's a great spot."
Base Hits: Daniels said the club is hopeful it can finalize a deal for a reliever early next week. ... The team signed RHP Anthony Bass, OF Antoan Richardson and RHP Ross Wolf to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. ...Daniels also said he's open to bringing utility infielder Adam Rosales back to the team.