Ian Kinsler won’t be on the disabled list forever, and maybe even only a couple more weeks. His team, the first-place Texas Rangers, will need to clear a roster spot to get him back on the active roster, and the short straw would appear to be held by the player holding down his spot at second base. The following comes from that player, the one who has generated more buzz and talk and consternation since September than any other in the organization. If Jurickson Profar, labeled as baseball’s top prospect, were given the power to choose whether to stay with the Rangers as a one-game-a-week utility player or return to Triple A Round Rock and play every day, the decision is a no-brainer — at least to him. “I’d go to Triple A and play,” Profar said. Profar, of course, would never be given the power to make that decision. If the choice were one game a week with the Rangers or seven in the minors, the Rangers wouldn’t hesitate to point him south on I-35. But because of the way Profar is playing as Kinsler’s fill-in, it might never come to that. Once again, the search is under way for a plan that would generate enough at-bats to keep Profar from collecting rust on the Rangers’ bench. “We’re in the business of winning games,” general manager Jon Daniels said Monday morning. “You usually have a better chance of winning games when you have your best players on the team. If he demonstrates that he deserves to be in that mix, it’s something we’ll talk about.” Daniels balked when asked if there is a plan. Back in spring training, though, an idea was floated to use Profar to make sure lineup regulars got a day off a week. If the Rangers were to play seven games in one week, for instance, Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus would sit once. Third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Lance Berkman would find themselves out of the lineup more often, too, though perhaps not as frequently. The decision on Profar will come down to whether the Rangers will lose anything offensively or in the field by routinely sitting Andrus, Kinsler and Beltre — three All-Star infielders — in favor of Profar, a 20-year-old who never hit above .300 in the minors.
Profar’s success could create thorny situation for Rangers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Jun 4