Shortstop Profar called up, waiting for first game

Shortstop Profar called up, waiting for first game

CLEVELAND -- Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to give Elvis Andrus a break and use him at designated hitter on Saturday. But he decided against using Jurickson Profar at shortstop. Michael Young started there instead.

"He just got here," Washington said before the game. "I had already planned on Michael playing shortstop. I'm going to get him out there, but not tonight. He'll play short and he'll play second, but he's going to play when I put him out there."

Profar was one of six players who joined the Rangers on Saturday as a September callup. The others were pitchers Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers and Yoshinori Tateyama, infielder Brandon Snyder and outfielder Leonys Martin. Profar is the only one who hasn't been here before.

"It's great to be with these guys," Profar said. "It's special. It was kind of a surprise to me. I was thinking about it a little bit but I wasn't expecting it."

Profar, who is 19 years, 194 days old, is the third youngest player in Rangers history. The only two players younger were pitchers David Clyde (18 years, 66 days in 1973) and Wilson Alvarez (19 years, 122 days in 1989). The last teenager to play for the Rangers was catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was 19 when he made his Major League debut in 1991.

"I know I'm not going to play much but to be here, that doesn't matter," Profar said. "I can get better on the bench watching these guys."