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Jurickson Profar making most of playing time

5/31/2013

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jurickson Profar will be back in the starting lineup Friday against the Kansas City Royals. And probably the next day, too.

Profar extended his hitting streak to six games in Thursday's 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, rapping out a season-high three hits. The 20-year-old phenom is batting .370 in 27 at-bats since being called up 12 days ago.

He had five assists, started a double play and stayed with a ground ball that he bobbled. He also almost threw out a runner from his back in the final inning.

If it looks like baseball's top prospect is getting more comfortable every day, it's because he is.

"Sure, I'm getting more comfortable," Profar said after going 3-for-4 on Thursday with a run scored. "I'm trying to be myself. We have a good team here, so I'm confident."

When Profar was called up, he split his first four games with Leury Garcia. Profar has started five of the Rangers' last six games. There is no platoon with Garcia, and Rangers manager Ron Washington said earlier this week that Profar would play most of the games while Ian Kinsler is on the 15-day disabled list, likely for three or four more weeks.

Washington was emphatic when asked if Profar would keeping playing as he keeps hitting.

"He's in the lineup tomorrow," Washington said. "Profar's going to play, and Leury is going to play also."