Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.
The last thing the Texas Rangers could afford was for any more injuries to derail their plans heading into spring training.
They had a minor scare last week when it was reported second baseman Jurickson Profar was battling some shoulder tendinitis and would be behind the other infielders in the ramp up to the season once spring training kicked off. Pitchers and catchers began work in Surprise, Ariz., on Sunday while position players are all expected to report on Thursday.
The soon-to-be 21-year-old was cleared to begin throwing on Monday by the Rangers team doctor, but now the news is back to being bad as Profar is being shut down for at least a week of no throwing or swinging the bat, according to CBS Sports on Tuesday.
"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 Jon Daniels said, via The Dallas Morning News. "We want to get it knocked out."
This is a bit disappointing after he was apparently good to go on Monday night, but it still seems to be a minor deal that the Rangers simply want to get out in front of before things get ramped up with about six weeks to go before the regular season begins.