The Texas Rangers announced Sunday that starting second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss 10-12 weeks with a torn muscle in his right shoulder.
Fantasy owners who took a flier on the young prospect will have to look to the waiver wire for replacement options.
Profar, who is widely considered to be one of the top five prospects in baseball, had been dealing with what doctors were calling tendinitis or “shoulder inflammation”. It wasn’t until Sunday that the more severe diagnosis was revealed.
Profar, who is 21 years old, had of slash line of .234/.308./.336 with 6 HR and 26 RBI in 2013. He struck out 63 times in just 324 plate appearances.
Despite last year’s struggles, the Rangers traded Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers so Profar could assume the club’s full-time second base duties.
Profar had apparently showed up to Spring Training complaining of shoulder pain, and John Blake (the Executive Vice President of Communications for the Texas Rangers) confirmed the teams’ young second baseman would be out for at least the next three months:
Rangers announce that MRI shows Jurickson Profar has a torn muscle in right shoulder. No surgery required. Will be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) March 23, 2014
The Rangers middle infield is very thin at the major league level, which may prompt the team to look outside the organization (perhaps recent retiree Michael Young?), but right now everyone should be keeping an eye on 20-year-old Rougned Odor.
Odor, a native of Venezuela, has quickly worked his way up the Rangers’ system, reaching the Double-A level in just three professional seasons.
Last year, in 508 at bats between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, Odor batted .303 with 11 HR, 41 doubles, 78 RBI, and 31 SB.
With Elvis Andrus nursing a “tight elbow” (not good) and Adam Rosales and Josh Wilson the only other middle infielders in camp, fantasy baseball owners may be smelling a strong “Odor” emitting from the keystone position in Arlington pretty soon.