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Profar working in outfield, but not ready to play there

Profar working in outfield, but not ready to play there

Profar working in outfield, but not ready to play there

NEW YORK -- Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar put in 30 more minutes of outfield work with third-base coach Gary Pettis early Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Profar is progressing but the Rangers aren't ready to put him in the outfield, and the situation on Wednesday was a reminder of why the Rangers are actively searching for a right-handed bat.

"Gary said he's progressing but he's not ready to go out there and run down the baseball," Washington said. "We're going on Gary's timetable."

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Wednesday would have been a good day for Profar to be ready. The Rangers went up against left-hander Andy Pettitte, who went into the game holding left-handed hitters to a .141 batting average. Among starting pitchers, that was the second-lowest average in the league.

Profar is a switch-hitter and the Rangers could have used another right-handed outfield bat in the lineup. Instead, two of their three outfielders -- David Murphy and the red-hot Leonys Martin -- are left-handed hitters.

Murphy entered the game hitting .233 off left-handers, although he was 4-for-11 off Pettitte in his career. Martin, who was riding a 10-game hitting streak, entered Wednesday hitting .226 off left-handers. He had never faced Pettitte before this.

Craig Gentry gives the Rangers another right-handed bat for the outfield, but he is on the disabled list with a fractured left hand. To replace him, the Rangers called up Engel Beltre from Triple-A Round Rock. Beltre is another left-handed hitter who has yet to make his Major League debut.

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

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