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UPDATE: As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, reports indicate Profar will start tonight at second base instead of Tuesday.
Jurickson Profar was all ready to go for his first action in the field over the weekend after dealing with shoulder tendinitis in his throwing arm throughout much of spring training.
But the Rangers new everyday second baseman instead was on the mend from having his impacted wisdom teeth removed. Now, with two weeks to go before Opening Day on March 31, Profar appears ready to take his first game action in at second base after serving exclusively as the Rangers' DH in Cactus League play so far.
The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reported Profar's hope is to be back on the field, and in the field at second base, by Tuesday. But the Rangers' plan for Profar could be different as they feel if he gets in just about a week of play in the field prior to the real thing, he'll be good to go.
Profar has the most at-bats of any Ranger this spring, which is a good thing and more important for Profar's readiness when the games count than playing in the field, which the Rangers believe he'll be ready for after just a few tune-up games. So far this spring, Profar is hitting .300 with a .364 on-base percentage, two homers and 11 RBIs. He has five strikeouts and three walks in his 40 at-bats.