Jurickson Profar to get first at-bats vs LHP?
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said his plan is to get Jurickson Profar in the lineup tonight against the Seattle Mariners. That means starting him against left-hander Justin Vargas.
It would mark Profar's first action hitting from the right side. The switch-hitter has nine at-bats early in his major-league career with three hits, including a homer in his first at-bat and two RBIs.
"I want to see him on the right side, give him a chance," Washington said. "I've only seen him on the left side. But he'll have to hit right-handed."
Profar actually hit better against left-handed pitchers this season in Double-A Frisco. He batted .328 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 131 at-bats. He hit .264 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 349 at-bats.
Washington said he hasn't figured out how he'll get Profar on the field. He could put Elvis Andrus in the designated hitter spot and use Profar at shortstop. Or he could let Ian Kinsler get a half-day off at DH and let Profar play second.
Profar hit .281 overall in Frisco with 14 homers, 26 doubles, seven triples, 62 RBIs and 76 runs scored in 126 games.
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