According to MLB.com Texas Ranger’s reporter, TR Sullivan, Jurickson Profar will undergo shoulder surgery. The timetable for his return is unknown at this time.
Profar, who missed all of the 2014 due to an injury, was a top prospect during the early points of his career. Reports indicated earlier this month and last month that Profar’s rehab had been going smoothly, with clean MRI’s and playing catch. However, after throwing as far as 105 feet, an MRI on Tuesday revealed the strain in his shoulder muscles, and surgery was needed.
In his first true year starting in Texas, the 21-year-old hit .234 in 85 games, with a .308 OBP. The first speculations are that he may either come back in the middle of the season, or not at all.
The Curacao native was expected to take over second base, which is now up in the air, after trading Ian Kinsler prior to last season. The surgery will take place Monday, and his career now seems to be in jeopardy, just 3 years after being named a top prospect.
Reports also indicated that Profar turned down surgery earlier this offseason, due to the fact that he would miss part of 2015. Young, 21-year-old Rougned Odor is expected to fight, if not take over at second base.
It is a tough blow for the Texas Rangers who had an injury filled season last year, in which they finished below .500 for the first time in several seasons. Profar, who was once seen as a untouchable in trades, will now hope to come back after surgery and show the organization that he was the future second baseman they thought he’d be after trading away Ian Kinsler.