Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers was once the top prospect in not just the organization but in all of baseball. Prior to the 2014 seas0n he was named baseball’s number one prospect by MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.
The Rangers expected him to man second base full-time in 2014 when they traded talented second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. Things didn’t quite work out as expected.
During spring training last year Profar injured his shoulder, actually he re-injured it. In 2010 Profar partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder. For awhile he was able to play without any problems but last spring training he strained his shoulder and was going originally going to miss approximately eight weeks.
That was until he had a setback in late May. By then it became obvious that the star prospect would be missing the entire 2014 season. In June, Profar was quoted by Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Jurickson Profar doesn’t expect to play again this season. “If I have to lose the year, that’s alright. I want to get better.” #Rangers
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) June 3, 2014
Profar had yet another setback in September. Surgery was recommended but Profar chose rest and rehab instead of surgery. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that,
“The medical opinion now is that the tear is causing instability in the shoulder and aggravating a strained teres major muscle in the back of the shoulder, which is what has kept Profar out for an entire year.”
Obviously, rest and rehabilitation wasn’t enough to strengthen Profar’s strained muscle and it was announced Thursday that Profar is scheduled to have the reparative surgery for the torn labrum on Monday. Hopefully fixing the labrum will stabilize the teres muscle.
Another setback for Jurickson Profar, who will have shoulder surgery Monday. Extent of injury, time he missed won’t be known until surgery.
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) February 19, 2015
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said Thursday,
“We won’t have a timetable until after the surgery. Realistically the best-case scenario is to have him playing by the end of the season. Obviously we feel first and foremost for Jurickson. He worked hard and was in tremendous shape. He worked hard and gave rehab every possible chance to succeed. He did everything he could, it just didn’t work out.”
Sadly, for both the Rangers and Profar, he will miss almost all of 2015, if not the entire season. The Rangers are still optimistic regarding Profar’s future as he is only 22 years old.