Will Jurickson Profar Remain With Rangers?

Ian Kinsler (ribs) was placed on the disabled list Sunday, making Jurickson Profar the Rangers' second baseman for the next couple of weeks. Profar was hitting .278 with four homers and six steals in 166 at-bats for Triple-A Round Rock, and he'll be worth playing in all formats while Kinsler is out. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Profar and Leury Garcia will share time at second base. Tuesday night, Profar did get the start and went 0-for-2 with two RBI.

The bigger question is whether he'll remain with the Rangers once Kinsler comes back from the disabled list. The Rangers haven't gotten much from their left or center fielders this year, and if Profar can hit it would make sense to give him the opportunity to play in the outfield and see what he can do.The Rangers have not had him play in the outfield at any point in his minor league career, but he is so athletic and could learn a new position quickly.  

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Clayton Kershaw proved again why he is one of the best pitchers in baseball. Kershaw pitched his second complete game of the season Monday in the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Brewers. Kershaw gave up just three-hits and struck out five. Kershaw was given an extra day of rest after throwing 134 pitches in his last outing and he made it look easy in Milwaukee.
  • Matt Kemp hit his second homer of the season Monday off the Dodgers' Yovani Gallardo. This is a great sign and hopefully a sign of things to come for Kemp this season.
  • Shane Victorino (hamstring) left with a mild hamstring injury is considered day-to-day. Victorino left Monday's game against the White Sox with left hamstring tightness, but it does not sound too serious.
  • Aroldis Chapman converted his ninth save of the season Monday night. Chapman looked like himself as he had two strikeouts in the three batters he faced after blowing his two previous save opportunities.
  • Eric O'Flaherty will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn left ulnar collateral ligament. In addition to missing the rest of this season, O'Flaherty will be sidelined for the first couple months of the 2014 campaign as well.
  • Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk Monday against the Yankees. Davis has 13 home runs so far this year.
  • Jay Bruce extended his hit streak to 11 games Monday night. Bruce went 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the year against the Mets. Bruce has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, raising his batting average more than 30 points.
  • Jim Johnson blew another save Monday against the Yankees as he allowed one run and two hits in the ninth inning. He does have 14 saves this season and he should bounce back soon.
  • Mariano Rivera earned his 17th save of the season Monday against Baltimore. Rivera is incredible and continues to please those fantasy owners that drafted him for his farewell season.
  • Johnny Cueto was wild in his first appearance since returning from the disabled list, but pitched well enough to earn his second win of the season. Cueto pitched five innings after he gave up the three-run homer to Marlon Byrd, he really settled down. One would expect Cueto's control issues to improve in his next start against the Cubs.