Monday, February 17, 2014
Notes: Wash will watch Profar's footwork
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't worried about Jurickson Profar's shoulder despite the fact that the youngster arrived in camp a bit behind on throwing because of tendinitis.
"If he gets the footwork, everything else will come," Washington said.
The official report date for position players isn't until Thursday, but the manager was busy with his coaching staff the past few days getting all the schedules planned. One of Washington's routines during spring training is to work with the infielders on an individual basis early in the mornings. You can bet that he'll be watching and working with Profar.
By footwork, Washington means he wants Profar taking the right angles and consistently getting into better position around the bag. That helps make a double-play combination even more successful.
"That's something we'll get done," Washington said.
Profar is now the starting second baseman and has known that most of the offseason, since the trade of Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder was finalized before Thanksgiving. So he comes to spring focused on making sure he's comfortable at second.
Washington said if Elvis Andrus needed to miss a few days for any reason, it would be Profar who shifts to shortstop. He could play third, but Washington wants to keep him in the middle of the infield.
• Washington said the plan is for Rougned Odor to work out at second base and Luis Sardinas to stay at short, at which they've played most of their minor league careers.
• The backup middle-infield spots come down to Adam Rosales, Brent Lillibridge and Josh Wilson. Washington said Rosales can play some third, and he thinks Lillibridge could, too. "We'll let it all play out," Washington said.
• Washington is very unlikely to play both J.P. Arencibia and Geovany Soto at the same time, meaning he won't rotate the DH spot to include catcher. The plan is for that spot to be rotated at first base (when Fielder needs a break) and the outfield.