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Rangers shut down Jurickson Profar with shoulder issue

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Jurickson Profar's 2014 is already off to a less-than-ideal start. (USATSI)
Jurickson Profar's 2014 is already off to a less-than-ideal start. (USATSI)

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In Monday night's "All you need to know," we noted that the Rangers had cleared second baseman Jurickson Profar to begin a throwing program. The very next morning, however, the team changed course. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes, the Rangers have now shut down Profar because of ongoing shoulder tendinitis. Profar will neither throw nor swing a bat for at least the next week.

"We don't have a long-term concern, but with the nature of this injury, there is not much room for error in order to be ready for the start of the season," Rangers GM Daniels said. "We want to get it knocked out."

Profar told the team he initially sustained the injury while lifting weights last month.

Profar, who turns 21 this week, is widely regarded as one of the top young talents in all of baseball. In 341 major-league plate appearances, he's batted .231/.301/.343 with seven homers. Coming into the 2013 season, Profar was ranked as the top overall prospect in the game by both Baseball America and MLB.com.

The offseason trade of Ian Kinsler to the Tigers opened up the Rangers' second base job for Profar.

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