Jurickson Profar participated in fielding drills at second base

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Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar suffered a torn teres muscle towards the end of March, a big blow to a team already decimated by injuries. The diagnosis estimated his absence at 10-12 weeks, pointing to a June return.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Profar participated in fielding drills with manager Ron Washington and teammate Donnie Murphy on Saturday. Profar still isn’t cleared to throw and won’t swing a bat for two more weeks, Wilson adds.

Profar was to take over at second base following the Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder swap with the Tigers over the off-season. In Profar’s absence, the Rangers have started Murphy and Josh Wilson twice each. Wilson will make his third start tonight against the Rays.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.