MLB

Profar to be sent down; Rangers pick 5th starter

03/26 4:20 PM

Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar was one of four players who were told they will not break camp with the big league roster.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar was one of four players who were told Tuesday that they will not make the big league club out of spring training.

Leury Garcia will fill the back-up infielder role with Texas -- general manager Jon Daniels said he could play second base, shortstop and center field -- and Nick Tepesch was chosen to be the No. 5 starter in the rotation.

Profar, a shortstop, will be sent down along with outfielder Jim Adduci, catcher Eli Whiteside and left-hander Nate Robertson.

"They all played well enough to make the team but there was no room for them," Daniels said Tuesday.

Tepesch will start as planned in a minor league game Wednesday. He also will get the start April 4 for Round Rock and then join the Rangers ahead of his April 9 start against Tampa Bay.

"He has a mix of everything," Daniels said. "We always knew he was a strike thrower and has four good pitches. Plus, we liked how he handled adversity on the mound. He got hit around that one start. He earned it."

Michael Kirkman has been stretched out of late, fueling speculation that he might be used as a fifth starter. But Daniels said the fireballing left-hander will remain in the bullpen. To date, five of Texas' seven bullpen spots have been filled: Joe Nathan, Jason Frasor, Robbie Ross, Kirkman and Derek Lowe. The remaining spots will be filled once the club decides if it will carry an extra arm or bat until Tepesch is brought up.

Daniels also said he is speaking with teams about outfielder Julio Borbon and that there is some interest. Borbon has played well this spring but is the odd man out now that Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry will be the third and fourth outfielders.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are talking with the Colorado Rockies about retaining reliever Coty Woods. Texas a 72-hour window to come to a deal with the Rule 5 pickup or he will be returned to Colorado. Daniels said the Rangers would like to keep him.


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