Rangers’ Profar out 10-12 weeks with shoulder tear

Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out an estimated 10 to 12 weeks with a muscle tear in his right shoulder.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine made the announcement Sunday. Profar was a late scratch against the San Diego Padres and an MRI revealed the tear, which will not require surgery.

"He was going to be our everyday second baseman and is a guy we hoped would take a meaningful step forward," Levine said. "We hope he can get better and be a weapon for us in the second half, if not a bit before."

Levine said the switch-hitting Profar would have limited baseball activity for the next four to six weeks. The 21-year-old Profar, one of baseball’s top prospects, hit .234 in 85 games as a rookie last season.

Looking to open a spot for Profar, the Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder in the offseason.

"We have been dealing with a number of injuries, but we feel like if we can weather the early storm, we’re going to have guys coming back in waves as the season progresses," Levine said.