Top prospect Profar among candidates to join bench

Top prospect Profar among candidates to join bench

Top prospect Profar among candidates to join bench
NEW YORK -- The Rangers could promote Double-A Frisco infielder Jurickson Profar to the big leagues when they go back to a four-man bench. Club officials said Monday "it's been discussed" and Profar is one of the candidates who could get the call.

The Rangers are currently going with a three-man bench since Friday when reliever Mark Lowe was activated off the disabled list and infielder Alberto Gonzalez was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock. The club is carrying an extra pitcher through this road trip but will probably call up an infielder when it returns home on Monday to face the Orioles.

Right now, Michael Young is the Rangers' backup middle infielder, but they have even worked out Mike Olt at shortstop to be ready in case of emergency. Manager Ron Washington said he wants another middle infielder.

"I've got the outfield covered," Washington said. "I've got first base and third base covered. I need second base and shortstop covered. We have Michael, but we need more than just Michael."

Profar is the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Rangers' organization and ranked No. 4 overall by MLB.com. He is currently hitting .283 with 13 home runs, 69 runs scored and 60 RBIs in 110 games for Frisco. He has a .362 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage.