Rangers mull decision on Profar's status with club

Rangers mull decision on Profar's status with club

Rangers mull decision on Profar's status with club

ARLINGTON -- With Ian Kinsler getting ready to return from the disabled list, the Rangers are discussing what to do with infielder Jurickson Profar.

Profar was called up from Triple-A Round Rock when Kinsler went on the disabled list, but it's not automatic that he will be sent down. There is a possibility that he could replace Leury Garcia as the Rangers' utility infielder.

"Basically there are two options," general manager Jon Daniels said. "One is Jurickson going down and playing every day, kind of like where we were at the beginning of the season. The other is Leury goes down and Jurickson stays. In that scenario, the thought behind it is work him in the lineup three or four days a week, keep other guys off the field in the heat of the summer and keep them fresh. We haven't made a decision yet."

The question is how much Profar would be able to play with Kinsler at second and Elvis Andrus at shortstop. Both are All-Star caliber players who are used to playing every day.

"It all depends," Daniels said. "If we have a lineup that is going great and everybody is healthy, it's a challenge. If we have guys banged up and can use a day here or there, it's a different story. That's the discussion we have to have."

Andrus had his own opinion on what should happen with Profar.

"He has too much talent to sit around and play once a week," Andrus said. "I think the best for him is to keep playing and get better in every part of his game. We'll see what happens when Ian gets back."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.