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Profar Goes Hitless, Drives in Two

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is all about doing things right, doing the small things and "doing what the game asks" in regards to playing small ball and getting runs across the plate by any means necessary.

    Based on his 2013 debut in Monday night's loss to Oakland, Washington is going to like what he gets from 20-year-old rookie phenom Jurickson Profar.

    Baseball's top prospect made his Rangers 2013 debut on Monday after being called up to replace Ian Kinsler on the roster after he went on the disabled list and drove in the Rangers' only two runs in Monday's game.

    He did it without a hit, but he got an RBI goundout and a sacrifice fly to fairly deep center, showing he's capable of the situational hitting that Washington loves so much.

    "He handled his at-bats well tonight," Washington said after the game. "We scored two runs tonight. He got both."

    With Kinsler on the shelf for 15 days, it's expected that Profar will get the majority of the time at second base but his future beyond that is very cloudy. He'll most likely return to Triple-A Round Rock when Kinsler returns, regardless of how well he does because there's simply nowhere for him to play as neither Kinsler nor shortstop Elvis Andrus are going to sit in favor of Profar.