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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rangers Injury Updates: Matt Harrison, Geovany Soto, Neftali Feliz, Jurickson Profar, Derek Holland


By on 2/22/2014 09:30:00 AM

The Texas Rangers have had their share of injury problems to deal with during the past offseason and the beginning of Spring Training. Some of those problems will linger well into the regular season. Here is a summary of five key players that the Rangers hope to get back soon as possible via Drew Davison of the Star Telegram.

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Matt Harrison
Harrison traveled back to Texas Thursday for an MRI to see the extent of his back strain. The MRI revelaed no serious concerns, but the Rangers will keep him shut down until he sees Dr. Drew Dossett, the back specialist who performed two back surgeries on Harrison last season. That meeting will take place early next week.

Geovany Soto
Soto has an inflamed Achilles tendon in his left foot. Soto claims that the condition is minor, saying that if the season started now, he would play. Still, he will still see Dr. John Crates as a precaution. He may miss a little time in Spring Training but return as or just after the exhibition games begin.

Neftali Feliz
Lefty Neftali Feliz is experiencing shoulder soreness, which caused him to skip his session of throwing live batting practice last Wednesday. He got another chance on Friday and showed progress. Pitching coach Mike Maddux said that Feliz looked much better than he did earlier in the week.

Jurickson Profar
The highly-touted shortstop is listed as day-to-day with tendinitis in his right shoulder. He has had limited action since Spring Training began, but he has begun swinging a bat and fielding ground balls. However, he was not yet cleared to throw as expected earlier this week. Profar could find himself in the lineup as the Rangers' DH when exhibition games begin on February 27.

Derek Holland
The Rangers are keeping a close eye on Derek Holland, who had surgery to repair a microfracture in his left knee. He could get off crutches as early as Sunday, but the Rangers still expect him to miss the first half of the regular season.


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