Injuries are striking and spreading through almost every team in Major League Baseball like wildfire. This week it seems it is the Texas Rangers’ turn to take the hit.
On Sunday night it was reported that up and coming second baseman, Jurickson Profar, would be out at least ten weeks with a torn muscle in his shoulder. The Rangers traded second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder expecting Profar to take over the everyday job at second. Then Monday morning the team learned that their catcher Geovany Soto would also be out ten to twelve weeks with a torn meniscus.
Monday afternoon brought only more bad news to the Rangers’ camp. Their pitching staff ace, Yu Darvish, will most likely not be ready to start opening day. He’s been suffering with a stiff neck that has not improved. MLB.com’s TR Sullivan tweeted earlier,
Darvish doubtful for Opening Day http://t.co/oGjZu613p6
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) March 24, 2014
According to Sullivan the Rangers do not know when Darvish will be back on the mound and it will more than likely be after Opening Day. However, general manager Jon Daniels downplayed Darvish’s injury telling Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News,
Whenever a guy is not out there, there is some level of concern. This doesn’t appear to be a long-term deal, but he’s an important guy. We want to make sure he can make thirty or more starts for us. I’m optimistic he will be able to take his turn, but if we have to move him back it’s not the end of the world.