CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 02: Jurickson Profar #2 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after hitting a solo home run at his first MLB at bat during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have shut down middle infielder Jurickson Profar, the top prospect in the organization and one of the top prospects in all of baseball, for the rest of the Dominican League winter league schedule after just 15 games with what the club is terming mild inflammation in his forearm.
The team doesn't believe the injury is serious, but you can never be too cautious with that type of thing, which is sometimes the precursor to arm troubles that can lead to surgery.
The 19-year-old, who got a brief swim in the bigs in 2012 and homered in his first big-league at-bat, is set to be looked at by team physician Dr. Keith Meister.
The club hasn't decided what Profar's future holds in 2013, but there is some pretty solid thought that the Rangers will enter the season with him starting at second base if Ian Kinsler moves positions or shortstop if Elvis Andrus is traded.