Last week Jurickson Profar arrived at Rangers camp with a sore shoulder, which was diagnosed as mild tendinitis.
As of yesterday he was cleared to resume baseball activities, but now the Rangers have scrapped those plans and Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports that Profar won’t resume throwing for at least a week and also hasn’t been cleared to swing a bat.
General manager Jon Daniels told Andro that “there’s not much room for another setback to get ready for Opening Day.”
That might be more “worried GM” than “medical staff’s opinion” but either way it’s not a great thing to be hearing in mid-February considering how important the 20-year-old is to the Rangers’ plans this season following the departure of Ian Kinsler.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.