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Notes: Jurickson Profar throws from 45 feet

1/21/2015

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers received some good news regarding one of their injured players when second baseman Jurickson Profar threw from 45 feet on Tuesday.

This was the week Profar was to start a throwing program after missing the 2014 season with a torn muscle in his shoulder.

“The initial reports were very positive,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said Wednesday. “We’re trying not to get too geeked up on any one throwing session. He’s on pace. We’re expecting him to go into spring training full go offensively and a little bit behind from a position standpoint defensively with the expectation by the end of spring he should be completely full-go.”

At that pace, Profar most likely will start the season at Triple-A, which doesn’t bother the Rangers that much considering they have Rougned Odor as the starting second baseman.

The price to get Corporan: The Rangers wanted a backup catcher for Robinson Chirinos and traded right-handed starter Akeem Bostick to the Houston Astros for Carlos Corporan on Wednesday morning.

Corporan was designated for assignment by Houston on Tuesday so it could proceed with a potential deal with Texas.

It came at a price for Texas.

The Rangers trade a talented pitcher, Bostick, who was a second-round draft pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft. Bostick, 19, went 5-6 with a 5.17 ERA pitching for Low-A Hickory last season. He pitched into the sixth inning four times last season out of 20 starts.

“He was a player we definitely wanted to retain,” Levine said. “We feel [Houston's] scouts did a very good job of coming up with a guy who wasn’t one of our higher-profile players but who has a high ceiling. Needless to say, in these negotiations we turned down a lot of names that we didn’t want to part with. At some point, our opinion of Corporan and the value he could bring to the organization, we knew we were going to have to give up something.”

Contract extension for Gallardo: When the Rangers made the trade to acquire right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo on Monday, one thing of note was the Fort Worth native enters the final year of his contract. Gallardo is scheduled to make $13 million this season and is open to signing a long-term deal with his hometown team.

"I think that would be even better, to be honest. That would be great,” Gallardo said at a news conference with the local media on Wednesday. “Obviously, that's something to think about, something that I'm open for, but the main thing right now is focus on this year and preparing for the season. If I do what I have to do, I think everything will fall into place the way it should."

The Rangers haven’t opened talks with Gallardo’s agent, Bobby Witt.