Remember the time the Rangers had the consensus top porospect in all of baseball?
It seems like a distant memory now, but that's exactly what Jurickson Profar once was before he played in a utility role in 2013, disappointed and then missed the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 seasons with a lingering shoulder injury that finally required surgery after rest failed to fix the issue.
Now, Profar is trying to work his way back as a soon-to-be 23-year-old who has almost been forgotten by Rangers fans, especially with the emergence of Rougned Odor at second base. He participated in a mini-camp at Southlake Carroll High School on Wednesday and threw from the same distance as other players after he was limited to only hitting in Arizona Fall League action after the 2015 season ended.
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He's expected to report to spring training and participate without any restrictions.
"At some point, I'm going to be ready," Profar told the Dallas Morning News. "That was the mindset. Work hard every day and make sure I'm ready for now.
"I missed the game a lot. Now, I'm going to take care of my body better and play."
Because of his long absence from game action and the emergence of Odor, Profar is expected to begin the season as the everyday shortstop at Triple-A Round Rock, and in an ideal world, he'd probably stay there all season.
"I just want to play," Profar said. "I know by playing, it's going to take care of itself.
"I know I can play baseball. Now that I'm healthy and everything is good, everybody is going to see me."