Profar's prior shoulder injury causing issues

Rangers will wait for clean MRI before infielder starts throwing program

Profar's prior shoulder injury causing issues

ARLINGTON -- Having missed the entire season due to a shoulder injury, one-time Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar has recently been examined by three noted orthopedists who all came to a similar conclusion.

"In the last week, he obviously saw [Rangers team physician] Dr. [Keith] Meister, he saw Dr. [James] Andrews in Birmingham [Ala.], and he saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache," general manager Jon Daniels said. "Everyone has basically read the situation the same which is that he has, for lack of a better term, 'instability' in his right shoulder."

Daniels said Profar sustained a subluxation, a partial dislocation, in 2010 and that injury has led to chronic instability in the joint, which in turn has led to the muscle injuries that have kept the infielder out this year.

"He's obviously played with it for some time and what the ultimate symptom has been a soft-tissue injury," Daniels said. " ... When he gets back and throws at a certain distance the instability is leading to the muscle injury."

Daniels said Profar will undergo "another shutdown period" and won't begin a throwing program until tests show he's ready. Profar wants to avoid surgery and prefers to focus on strengthening the shoulder in rehab.

"We're going to wait until he gets a clean MRI, which may be three months, it may be sooner ... then he'll start throwing at that point," Daniels said.

Profar hit .234 for the Rangers in 85 games last season, but he will not seen Major League action, or even play in the Arizona Fall League as hoped, this year.

"Obviously, I'm frustrated from a club standpoint that we haven't been able to get him where he needs to be, that's not a good feeling," Daniels said. "But my bigger concern is having a 21-year old kid, who has a bright future, ton of talent, and it's been a lost season. That's not a good feeling."

Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.