Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar, who ranked as one of the elite prospects in baseball before missing all of last season with a shoulder injury, is now in danger of missing a second consecutive season following news that he needs surgery.
Profar initially opted for rest and rehab instead of going under the knife, but now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that a recent MRI exam showed “increased strain on the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder.” There’s no official recovery timetable yet, but obviously it’s not good.
Profar debuted for the Rangers in 2012 as a 19-year-old, after which both Baseball America and MLB.com rated him as the No. 1 prospect in baseball. He then played 85 games as a 20-year-old rookie in 2013, but now his future is very much in question and Texas’ incredible injury woes are carrying over to another year.