Profar to miss season after shoulder surgery

Profar to miss season after shoulder surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers have admitted the obvious. Infielder Jurickson Profar will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Monday.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington. Profar will need a full year of recovery before the shoulder is 100 percent. General manager Jon Daniels said Profar could be swinging a bat before then, but the Rangers will take it slow.

Daniels said there were no other problems found in the shoulder. The torn labrum is what is believed to have caused the instability in the shoulder and led to a strained muscle that sidelined Profar for the entire 2014 season.

"The expectation is the surgery resolved the problem and what has been frustrating him," Daniels said. "We expect a full recovery."

Worth noting
• The Rangers signed infielder Elliot Johnson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. The Rangers wanted depth after losing Profar for the year. Johnson has 318 games of Major League experience with the Rays, Royals, Braves and Indians from 2008-14. He has played every position but pitcher and catcher, and he has 46 career stolen bases to go along with a .215 batting average.

• Pitcher Michael Kirkman, who is sidelined with an impingement in the back of his left shoulder, reported significant improvement on Monday. Kirkman is hoping to resume throwing in the next couple of days. Said Kirkman, "My range of motion is a lot better than a few days ago. It's almost back to normal. It may be normal."

Prince Fielder showed up on Monday along with veteran outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Nate Schierholtz. The Rangers now have every player in camp except outfielders Leonys Martin and Carlos Peguero. Martin is expected in town on Tuesday. Peguero played winter ball and the Rangers aren't worried about him.

• TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle was in camp watching workouts on Monday. The Horned Frogs played Arizona State over the weekend, taking two out of three, but are having trouble flying back to Texas because of the weather.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.