The Rangers may have to make a decision on infielder Jurickson Profar as soon as Sunday and he could stay in the big leagues even after the Rangers activate Ian Kinsler off the disabled list.
Kinsler could go on a medical rehabilitation assignment either Thursday or Friday and return to the lineup by Sunday. Profar was called up when Kinsler went on the disabled list but it’s not automatic he will be sent down. The Rangers are seriously discussing the possibility of keeping Profar around as a utility player when Kinsler returns.
It’s still unclear how much he would play behind Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus. The other option would be to send him back to Triple A so he could continue to play and keep Leury Garcia as the utility infielder.
The Rangers have put Michael Kirkman on the 60-day disabled list while he undergoes treatment for skin cancer. He will not be eligible to come off until Aug. 6. Justin Miller has been activated off the disabled list and optioned to Frisco. He missed over a year because of Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
The Rangers also announced the signing of pitcher Akeem Bostick, who was take in the second round out of West Florence (S.C.) High. Bostick has also been signed to the Arizona Fall League.
The Rangers third round pick, pitcher David Ledbetter, is expected to be at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday. He and his brother Ryan pitched at Cedarville (Oh.) University. If David Ledbetter signs, the Rangers will have their top ten draft picks under contract.
The Rangers have signed both of their first round picks, pitcher Alex Gonzalez and infielder Travis Demeritte. Gonzalez has been assigned to Class A Spokane and Demiritte has been assigned to the Arizona Rookie League. Gonzalez was drafted out of Oral Roberts while Demeritte was drafted out of high school. The Rangers also signed 11th round pick outfielder Ryan Cordell, 18th round pick pitche David Gates and 29th round pick pitcher Justin Sprenger.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is on the disabled list with a bruised ribcage, is taking ground balls on Monday afternoon. He and manager Ron Washington are going at it pretty good. They are doing their work at second base, not in the outfield.
Looks like the Rangers have surmised that their No. 1 priority is to get Ian Kinsler back at second base and not worry too much about what is going to happen with Jurickson Profar. What a concept.