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Sore elbow knocks Rangers prospect Profar out of winter ball

By Danny Knobler | Baseball Insider

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rangers super-prospect Jurickson Profar has a sore right elbow that will likely end his season in the Dominican Winter League, sources said.

While the Rangers don't believe Profar's injury is serious, he's expected to fly to Texas to be examined by team doctors. Profar played in just 15 games for Licey, batting only .158 with one home run, two RBI and four walks.

The 19-year-old Profar has been on the fast track to the major leagues, with the Rangers serious enough about finding him a spot as soon as 2013 that they have talked about moving second baseman Ian Kinsler to the outfield. Profar had an .820 OPS as the starting shortstop at Double-A Frisco, and earned a September call-up to the Rangers.

Baseball America ranked Profar seventh on its preseason 2012 list of the top 100 prospects in the game, but by the end of the year he would have ranked even higher.

The Rangers are deep in shortstop talent, but they turned down a chance to trade for Justin Upton last month, because the Diamondbacks were insisting on either Profar or Elvis Andrus in return.

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