Nothing is going right for Jurickson Profar. It started in the spring when he injured his shoulder. It continued early in the season when he reaggravated the injury on a rehab assignment and when he was later shut down for the season.
Last week, it was announced Profar, the former top prospect in baseball and heir apparent at second base after the Rangers traded away Ian Kinsler last November, would miss Arizona Fall League action and much-needed playing time after he missed his entire age 21 season.
In the meantime, he’s watched 20-year-old rookie Rougned Odor impress Rangers brass over and over again, and while he still has a ton to learn he’s shown time and time again that the game isn’t too big for him and he won’t let failure wreck him.
Now, Profar is getting platelet-rich injections in his injured shoulder with hopes of strengthening it during the rehab process. If this doesn’t work, Profar could be in line for surgery, which isn’t guaranteed to fix the problem and would set him back even further and could have his spring training availability in jeopardy.
“It is what it is,” Profar told reporters. “You just have to work and get that thing right, that’s it. I will never be frustrated. That’s not who I am.”
Good on him, but this has been a frustrating process for the Rangers and their fans as they’ve seen their once highly regarded prospect, who was deemed untouchable, basically have to start over at Square One and not only rebuild his value, but prove he should be the starter at second base.