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Monday, May 01, 2017

Jon Daniels on why Rangers demoted Jurickson Profar to Triple-A

In the space of a week, Jurickson Profar has gone from losing a role to losing a job.

Before the start of their 5-2 loss to Los Angeles Sunday, the Rangers claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees, then sent Profar to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. Kozma, 29, is a middle infielder and dyed-in-the wool bench guy. The Rangers still believe Profar’s ceiling is higher than that, so they are sending him to play every day.

“The way the rotation is in left field and the infield right now, with the lack of regular playing time, we felt the time was better spent at Triple-A playing every day,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “We believe he’s capable of more, but he’s just not going to get better sitting on the bench. We’d prefer to get him going and for him to get hot and be ready when we have a need.”

Profar’s role had been reduced to bench guy earlier in the week when he lost playing time to Ryan Rua and Delino DeShields.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 17 comment(s)
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