ANAHEIM -- Rookie utility infielder Jurickson Profar was in the Rangers' lineup on Wednesday night for the sixth time in seven games. Prior to that, Profar had started just three times in an 11-game stretch.
The regular time may help. Profar went into Wednesday's game with a modest five-game hitting streak, with six hits in 20 at-bats.
"He's starting to get better with his at-bats, no doubt about it," manager Ron Washington said. "Regular at-bats usually do that for you. If you start having regular at-bats and can hit, you'll find your groove. He's not overmatched."
The problem is finding a place to play, especially since the Rangers have decided not to use Profar in the outfield if they can help it. Profar was at designated hitter on Wednesday, one night after making a couple of spectacular defensive plays at second base in the Rangers' 8-3 victory over the Angels.
Since second baseman Ian Kinsler returned from the disabled list on June 15, Profar has started six times each at DH, third base and shortstop, five times at second and four times in left field. Washington doesn't like putting him at designated hitter but the current makeup of the roster often leaves him no choice.
"He's too young to be sitting around the dugout," Washington said. "I'd like to have him active on the field ... but when you're playing that utility role, that's exactly what it is."
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.Less