DALLAS -- Jurickson Profar, who turns 22 in February, doesn’t want to miss another year of baseball. He just can’t do it.
Profar missed the 2014 season with the Texas Rangers as the flexibility in his shoulders grew unstable. He tried rehab last season and was shut down three times and won’t throw again until next month. There would be times you would see Profar early in the afternoon at the ballpark, before the ushers were in place, fielding ground balls, throwing lightly and talking about how he felt.
Rangers President/GM, Jon Daniels said the club rushed Profar back and that it was a mistake. Nobody is rushing him back now.
“We have more time,” Profar said. “We don’t have any baseball to play right now. I’m working hard everyday and I’m feeling good.”
A doctor said surgery would help solve the problem quicker than lifting weights and doing flexibility training.
“I don’t want to do that,” Profar said of the surgery. “I don’t want to lose another year of baseball.”
The Rangers have a surplus of talent in the middle infield at the minor league and big league level. According to Baseball America, the Rangers have two middle infielders, Josh Morgan and Luis Sardinas, listed among the top 10 prospects in the organization.
On the big club, veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has been the subject of trade rumors since the season ended, seems like a logical choice to trade. Though it also seems insane to trade such a talented player.
The Rangers are committed to Andrus playing everyday at short.
If Profar had been healthy, who knows what the Rangers would be doing right now.
So Profar waits for his shoulder to heal and watch his replacement at second, Rougned Odor, maintain his spot on the roster.
Last season, Odor batted .259/.297/.402 in 114 games with 155 total bases. In 94 career games, spanning two seasons, Profar is .231/.301/.343 with 104 total bases.
Are the numbers comparable?
Is Odor better than Profar?
Is Profar better than Odor?
Is a healthy Profar more valuable than Andrus?
“They did a very good job last year with Odor,” Profar said. “I’m just getting ready to start playing.”
Of course Profar feels good, at least right now. We haven’t dusted off the gloves and bats yet to start playing catch in the desert.
The Rangers need a healthy team to avoid another 95-loss season.
Daniels is determined to fix this Rangers team with what he put together in 2014. He will improve the club’s depth by making smart baseball decisions, which is what he’s done by re-signing veteran Colby Lewis and trading for Ross Detwiler and adding more speed to the lineup by drafting Delino DeShields Jr. in the Rule 5 and getting a fastball throwing reliever in Kyuji Fujikawa.
But Profar just waits as doctors and trainers monitor his every move.
“It was something I never expected and it was hard,” Profar said of missing last season. “It was mentally hard. I was working day-by-day and (now) I feel very good.”