Mar 6, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) hits a grand slam home run against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers' Jurickson Profar likely out for the season

The bad news keeps coming on the injury front for the Texas Rangers as the club is expected to be without infielder Jurickson Profar for the rest of the season.

This comes on the heels of the team losing Prince Fielder who will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disc that has resulted in him having weakness in his arm and left him out of the Rangers lineup.

Profar, 21, has not played this season with the injury as the former top overall prospect in baseball two seasons ago faces an uncertain future.

Profar didn’t exactly light it up when he was called up to the big leagues last year when he hit .234 in 85 games. He scored 30 runs with six home runs and 26 RBI last season in 286 at bats which was a disappointment, but he wasn’t the first top prospect to struggle in his first stint in the majors.

This season was supposed to be the breakthrough season for Profar after the Rangers opened up a position for him by trading All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler to acquire Fielder, but he was never given the opportunity to prove that last year was just growing pains.

Profar won’t be eligible for arbitration until 2016 and won’t be able to test free agency until 2020, so the Rangers have plenty of time to get Profar healthy and producing to fulfill his vast potential.

 

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