It's been a bad, unlucky, terrible year for Texas on the injury front in 2014. That's been more than well-documented virtually anywhere you read or listen. The hope over the last few months has been that, moving into 2015, everyone will be able to come back healthy and with a clean slate. For now, however, it would appear that plan is already in jeopardy.
Remember the torn shoulder muscle that has forced Jurickson Profar to miss the entire season? Well, it's apparently still causing Profar some problems, according to Evan Grant. In recent weeks, the plan had been for Profar to being working his way back in order to get some playing time in the Arizona Fall League, an idea the Rangers have already scrapped in light of his continued discomfort.
To say this is disappointing would be a major understatement, and it throws a serious wrench into the process of clearing up yet another perceived middle infield logjam at SS and 2B.
All along, we've heard that the injury wasn't something that would require surgery, and that rest would be all that was necessary for Profar to return at 100 percent. Furthermore, much of the concern about Profar's long-term health was immediately dismissed, as the organization was quick to point out that it wasn't an injury that should have lasting effects.
That, it would seem, may have been an overly optimistic view. Assuming Profar's current discomfort is related to the original injury -- and I'm not sure why there would be any reason to believe otherwise -- the shoulder definitely appears to be something that, at least for the time being, will continue to be problematic.
Any thought the Rangers might have had about trading away any of their middle infielders during the offseason for, say, pitching help, would appear to be shelved for the time being. That in itself is a bit disconcerting as getting some pitching help figures to be one of the top priorities.
Even more disheartening, however, is that we're no closer to finding out what Jurickson Profar brings to the table. No, he may never reach the outrageous expectations that were created for him with his being the #1 prospect in baseball, but at this point, every minute that goes by without him being in a lineup is a missed opportunity to find out exactly what he is.
Prospects will break your heart. Usually, though, it's because of on-field performance, not because of an inability to get on the field. The situation hasn't reached the point of being impossible just yet, but news like this is definitely not encouraging.