Profar may play second base on Monday

Profar may play second base on Monday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jurickson Profar could play second base as early as Monday after he passed one final test on his shoulder. Profar went through cutoff and relay drills on Sunday morning without any problems in his right shoulder.

"I'm ready to go," Profar said Sunday. "Everything went well."

Profar has not played second base this spring because of tendinitis in his shoulder. He also had four wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday, but the pain and the discomfort from that procedure has subsided. Now there is nothing left to address other than actually playing on defense.

"We'll see how he comes in tomorrow," manager Ron Washington said. "If he comes in feeling good, he'll probably play."

Profar has been used strictly as a designated hitter this spring and entered Sunday with 40 at-bats, the most on the Rangers. He has been able to do everything except throw.

"I want to play but I also want to get to 100 percent for the season," Profar said. "This is still Spring Training. I don't want to hurt it and not be ready for the season. My thing is to be ready for the season."

Adrian Beltre is taking the same approach with a tight left quad muscle. He was out of the lineup for the third straight day on Sunday although he was able to jog without any problems. He still hasn't tested it with a full-out sprint.

"I'm not going to force anything," Beltre said. "There's no doubt if this were the regular season, I would be playing. But it's not something I want to take into the season."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for 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.