ARLINGTON -- The Rangers needed a utility infielder for the weekend while Michael Young is away on paternity leave, and they chose veteran Luis Hernandez over top prospect Jurickson Profar. The Rangers may bring up Profar in September, but they didn't want to take him away from Double-A Frisco just for three games at the most.
"With Michael missing the weekend with his family, we decided it was best to let Jurickson to continue playing with his club," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Luis has had big league time before. This is the reason why we signed him."
Hernandez, who has played 120 games in the big leagues with the Royals, Orioles and Mets from 2007-10, was hitting .262 with 21 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 66 RBIs in 124 games at Triple-A Round Rock. He is hitting .423 in his last 18 games.
"He has good hands and plays with a lot of energy," manager Ron Washington said. "He can swing the bat."