Jurickson Profar hopes to return to the Texas Rangers before the All-Star break.
Profar won't be bunting - or hitting - anytime soon.
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By John Halpin
Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar has a torn muscle in his right shoulder, and is expected to miss 10-12 weeks. If you haven't drafted yet, it's hard to recommend taking Profar in redraft leagues unless you can grab him late and stash him on your DL, as he wasn't a top-12 fantasy second baseman for this season to begin with. The Rangers will try an internal replacement first, with Josh Wilson and prospect Rougned Odorbeing the favorites; Odor probably isn't ready to hit in the majors, but he might steal some bases.
On to the rest of the news:
Joakim Soriahas been named as the Rangers' closer, while Tanner Scheppers will be in the rotation, and Neftali Feliz might go to the minors. Didn't we tell you here a couple of weeks ago that Soria was the smart bet? Glad the Buzz Blog was able to maintain its 100 percent success rate on predictions.
The Astros say they will start the season with a closer-by-committee approach. If you want to draft Chad Qualls, just make sure you're prepared for him to be replaced - probably by Jesse Crain - in a month or so. Or, Qualls could save 30 games. I hate projecting closers.
Here's yet another item that calls Nate Jones the White Sox' likely closer. I wish they'd make it official, but that's because I paid $28 for Jones on Sunday in my AL keeper league auction. Don't laugh - Jones was the second-to-last closer on the board, and the last one (John Axford) went for $33.
Grady Sizemorewill play five games in six days this week, as the Red Sox are trying to see if he can handle a regular role. Since I'm an optimist, I'll take June 5 in the When Will Grady Sizemore go on the DL? pool.
Joe Kelly has won the Cardinals' fifth-starter role, with prospect Carlos Martinez heading to the bullpen. Martinez hasn't thrown more than 108 innings in a season, so this might be at least partly an innings-limiting move.