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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rangers Injury Update: Jurickson Profar, Mitch Moreland


By on 12/03/2014 02:00:00 PM

The Texas Rangers look forward to the 2015 season coming off a dismal 67-win season which featured a barrage of injuries. At 17th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Ranges could improve greatly next season just with the presence of a healthy roster. Only a handful of players appeared in over 125 games last season and no pitcher made 30 or more starts. There is some good news on the injury front, as Jurickson Profar and Mitch Moreland are progressing and should both be ready for the start of next season.


I reported at the end of October that Profar, who has missed the entire season as well as the Arizona Fall League, had an MRI which revealed his shoulder was 95 percent clean. At the time it appeared he'd be cleared by January.

Moreland's season ended in mid-June when had reconstructive surgery on his left ankle.

An update on both players, as reported by T.R. Sullivan at MLBlogs.com, is that they both had follow-up MRI's, as well as re-evaluations from Dr. Keith Meister. There is good news to report on both players, as Moreland has been cleared for a running program and to eventually progress to full baseball activity. Barring no setbacks, he should be ready for Spring Training. Profar should also be ready for the regular season, as he's on pace to begin throwing in January.

Profar, a 21-year old shortstop from Netherlands Antilles, hit .234 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 85 games last season. In 94 career Major League games, Profar has a .231 average with seven home runs and 28 RBI.  

Moreland, a five-year Major League veteran, hit .246 with two home runs and 23 RBI this past season. In 2013, he batted .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI. Moreland is a career .252 hitter with 65 home runs and 209 RBI.  



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