The fortune of Jurickson Profar just keeps going the wrong way.
Profar was supposed to finally get his shot this season to be the Texas Rangers' everyday second baseman at age 21 after the Rangers dealt away longtime second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit last November to acquire a middle-of-the-order hitter in Prince Fielder.
Instead of seizing the gig, Profar never played a game for the Rangers this year after injuring his shoulder in spring training, and then injuring it again while on a rehab assignment. Aside from losing a year of development at a young age, the former top prospect in all of baseball got it really bad as he's sat and watched 20-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor come up and look the part as an everyday second baseman for an extended period of time. The game has never looked too big for Odor this season, and it's hard to say the same about Profar last season when he was 20 years old.
Now, Profar is going through another setback as his shoulder is acting up again and he now will not be able to play in the Arizona Fall League, as originally planned, and will instead meet doctors all over the country trying to figure out the best course of action.
It's a huge blow to Profar, who really needed to show his worth this season. When that couldn't happen, it was imperative for Profar to get innings in the fall league and the winter league in the Dominican Republic. Now, he's out of fall league play and it would seem his future in winter ball is also in question.
Interim manager Tim Bogar, who seems to be a heavy favorite to land the full-time gig moving forward, said he hopes Profar gets healthy to provide even more competition to what is a loaded middle infield group with the likes of Odor, Luis Sardinas and Elvis Andrus.
"It’s just disappointing,” Bogar told reporters. “It’s been a long year for him. It kind of wears on you mentally after a while. I think he still has age on his side. He’s still only 21. Missing a full season is never good. But hopefully, he will be ready for spring training.”