The bad news keeps rolling in for the Rangers.
Jurickson Profar was in Texas’ clubhouse before Tuesday night’s series-opener against the Orioles and acknowledged to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the recent re-aggravation of his teres major muscle strain will likely prevent him from appearing in a big league game this season.
“If I have to lose the year, that’s alright,” said the talented 21-year-old infielder. “I want to get better.”
Profar was expected to open the 2014 season as the Rangers’ starting second baseman — effectively replacing Ian Kinsler — but he began experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder in late March and hit the 60-day disabled list on April 12.
Profar was making progress on his rehab for much of May — even appearing in games at extended spring training — but he re-strained the shoulder muscle on May 22 and is now shut down indefinitely.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.