Jurickson Profar's shoulder soreness is back, per Jeff Wilson on Twitter, and he's seeking a second opinion on the issue:
Jurickson Profar has more shoulder soreness. He saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday in LA for second opinion. Awaiting diagnosis. #Rangers— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) September 21, 2014
This is very bad news. Profar was supposed to play in the Arizona Fall League, but if the shoulder is still bothering him, he may not be available. This would make it that much more difficult for the Rangers to be able to count on him for 2015.
Profar, expected to take over at second base after Ian Kinsler was traded this winter, has missed the entire 2014 season because of a torn shoulder muscle. The uncertainty surrounding his situation would seem to make it much more difficult for the Rangers to move either Rougned Odor or Elvis Andrus this offseason, and until Profar shows he's healthy and 100%, he is pretty much untradeable.
We know that the Rangers need pitching help this offseason, and a couple of possible avenues that had been discussed are dealing Odor for a young starting pitcher (I've thrown out an Odor for Marcus Stroman deal as a possibility), or moving Elvis to free up money to spend on the free agent market for a pitcher. If there are questions about Profar's health, however, it is going to make it difficult for the Rangers to deal either player, and Texas may just need to plan on all three players being with the team this spring, and Profar and Odor battling it out for the second base job.
Plan A for Texas for 2015 should probably be for Profar to spend the season in Round Rock, getting regular playing time and showing he can stay healthy. There's been talk of him sticking around in a "super-utility" role in 2015, but after missing all of 2014 and getting irregular playing time in 2013, I think asking him to spend the season in the big leagues playing 3 times a week would be a very bad plan.
UPDATE -- Per Evan Grant, Profar will not be playing in the AFL.