Rangers put Kinsler on DL, recall Profar
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Top prospect Jurickson Profar will get most of the playing time at second base for the Texas Rangers while Ian Kinsler is on the 15-day disabled list with bruised ribs.
The plan for Profar is a departure from last year when he mostly sat over the final month of the season after homering in his first major-league at-bat when he was called up from the minors before his 20th birthday.
Profar was not in the lineup Sunday night against Detroit after arriving from Triple-A Round Rock a few hours earlier. Leury Garcia made his third straight start in Kinsler's place, but Profar was set for his 2013 debut Monday against Oakland.
"He will play, but I'm not going to stop playing Garcia,'' Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Profar has been a shortstop in the minors but has been working at second base in Round Rock. Washington said Profar and Garcia could give Elvis Andrus a break at shortstop.
Profar was hitting .278 at Round Rock, but hit .424 during an eight-game hitting streak that included the first multi-homer game of his career.
Kinsler initially injured his ribs when he was hit by a throw on a steal attempt in Houston last weekend. He said he might have aggravated the problem when he flinched and was hit on the shoulder by a curveball from Justin Verlander on Thursday night.
"Ian went in the cage and when swung, he didn't feel comfortable,'' Washington said. "We didn't want it to get worse, so along with him we decided to put him on the DL.''
Because Kinsler entered Friday night's game as a pinch-runner, the DL move was retroactive to Saturday. The earliest he would be eligible to return is June 2.
Kinsler is hitting .302 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored in 40 games.
Andrus was in Kinsler's usual leadoff spot a night after going 5 for 5 in that role.