Profar’s Injury Could Open Door For Odor

Rangers’ second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss 10-12 weeks because of a torn muscle in his right shoulder, Baseball America contributor Jeff Wilson reported.

Rougned Odor

Rougned Odor (Photo by Andrew Woolley).

Profar, who did not play in spring training until March 17 because of a sore shoulder, will not need surgery.

"He's our everyday second baseman and somebody who we had every expectation was going to take a meaningful step forward in his career and be part of our 2014 campaign," assistant general manger Thad Levine told Wilson and other reporters.

Levine said the team will look at internal options, which include journeymen infielders Josh Wilson and Adam Rosales, but there is media speculation Rougned Odor, the team’s top prospect who was in big league camp, could be installed.

Levine declined to speculate about Odor, who has played only one month above Class A. Just 20, Odor has rocketed through the system and impressed last season at high A and Double A.

He has surprising power that belies his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame and has an easy, compact lefty swing. He’s an average runner, but reads pitchers well, enabling him to be a better-than-expected base-stealer.

His defense is improving as he works to smooth out his footwork. The Rangers like his hard-nosed attitude and have remarked that he plays with a chip on his shoulder.