Rangers sign Jurickson Profar’s little brother

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Just days after calling up stud shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar for the stretch run the Rangers have signed his little brother, 16-year-old third baseman Juremi Profar.

Jurickson Profar signed with the Rangers out of Curacao for $1.55 million in 2009 and Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that Juremi Profar isn’t as highly touted, but adds that “like his older brother, Juremi was also a standout at the Little League World Series” and “has the size, hands and arm strength to play third base, while showing flashes of power in games from the right side.”

Badler’s article also includes video of Juremi Profar homering, in case Rangers fans want to start dreaming about a two-Profar infield in, say, 2017.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.