The Texas Rangers announced this afternoon that the club has placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, with a right intercostal strain. To take Kinsler's place on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Jurickson Profar (#13) from Triple-A Round Rock.
Kinsler did not start the past 2 games due to the injury, although he pinch-ran on Friday vs. Detroit. He is batting .302 with 7 home runs, 11 doubles, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 40 games for Texas this season. His 16 multi-hit games are tied for 7th-most in the American League. The first date he would be eligible to return is June 2.
Profar, 20, will be seeking his first major league action in 2013. He has spent the entire season with Round Rock, batting .278 (40-144) with 27 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 19 RBI, and 21 walks in 37 games for the Express. In his last game at Triple-A last night vs. Colorado Springs, he went 3-for-4 with his first career multi-homer game, scoring 3 runs with 3 RBI. Profar has hit safely in 8 straight for Round Rock at .424 (14-33) with 6 runs, 2 doubles, 3 homers, and 8 RBI in that span. He has seen action at both shortstop and second base this season.
Profar's only other major league action came last year with Texas, batting .176 (3-17) with a homer, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI in 9 games. His last game in a Texas uniform was the 2012 American League Wild Card Game against Baltimore, when he hit a pinch single in the 9th inning. He became just the 6th teenager ever with a postseason hit.
With these moves, the Rangers still have 39 players on the club's 40-man roster.