Profar is expected to see his role expand to an everyday player with Prince Fielder sidelined indefinitely, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Profar will be used all over the infield, allowing the DH spot to be rotated among other lineup regulars. A subject of trade rumors, Profar now looks to take on an expanded role with Fielder possibly out for the rest of the season.
Profar got some time in the outfield prior to Tuesday's game as a way to increase his versatility, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Profar has reportedly been a popular trade target for teams dangling young pitching in Texas' face, though his long-term value lies in him being an everyday shortstop going forward. Should he remain with Texas, Profar could eventually see the occasional game in the outfield if his trial run prior to games goes well.
Profar is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Profar started seven of the Rangers' last eight first-half games, but he will be squeezed out Friday with the Rangers not being able to use a designated hitter while playing in an NL park.
Profar went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, walk and run in Sunday's 15-5 loss to the Twins. The 23-year-old was one of the few bright spots on offense during an afternoon in which it appeared as if the Twins and Rangers had switched uniforms. While Minnesota was mashing Texas pitching to the tune of 15 runs on 18 hits, Profar produced his team's only multi-hit effort of the day. The homer came in the ninth off reliever Neil Ramirez, and was his first since June 21 against the Reds. Profar has hit safely in six of 10 July games, and is slashing .323/.363/.465 over 127 at-bats this season.
Profar is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins. While Profar continues to produce when given a chance, his opportunities have dried up over the past couple weeks. Friday's absence marks his 10th in the team's last 15 games. The Rangers seem content to keep him in a utility role for the time being, but if they can't find Profar more regular at-bats, the 23-year-old could eventually head back to Round Rock.