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DETROIT -- Prince Fielder wasn't the only Texas Rangers player to receive rough news on the injury front Thursday.
Infielder Jurickson Profar has re-strained a muscle in his shoulder and has been shut down. He will be out at least eight to 12 weeks, meaning it could be difficult for him to return this season.
Profar felt pain in the shoulder in spring training, and an MRI revealed the tear. It was something that required rest and not surgery, and the club was conservative with Profar's rehab. But he's reinjured the shoulder and won't do anything until the medical staff can determine what's next.
Profar, the No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law, hasn't played in a game for the Rangers this season. The 21-year-old made his big-league debut in 2012, playing in nine games and hitting .176. He was in the majors for most of 2013, but was forced to move around to various positions without a full-time gig. Profar batted .234 in 85 games (286 at-bats).
The Rangers' trade for Fielder allowed them to eliminate a logjam at middle infield by shipping Ian Kinsler to Detroit and sliding Profar at second base. But he's yet to start a game there since the trade occurred.