MLB notes: Rangers call up top prospect

Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a solo home run during his first MLB...

Jurickson Profar of the Texas Rangers reacts after hitting a solo home run during his first MLB at-bat during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 2, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (AFP)

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The Texas Rangers are losing an all-star but will get to see baseball’s top prospect in action.

The Rangers called up infielder Jurickson Profar from triple-A Round Rock Sunday after placing second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with an intercostal muscle strain

Baseball America has Profar, 20, ranked as its No. 1 prospect in the league for 2013.

Profar was batting .278 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 37 games in the Pacific Coast League. He made his major-league debut last season for the Rangers, appearing in nine games including the team’s wild-card game against the Oakland Athletics.

Prior to his injury, Kinsler was batting .302 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 40 games this season. He was hurt Thursday while trying to duck out of the way of a pitch during an at-bat.

RUIZ OUT AGAIN

The Philadelphia Phillies could be without first-choice catcher Carlos Ruiz for an extended period again.

Ruiz strained his right hamstring while running the bases against the Cincinnati Reds in Sunday’s 3-2 win. He could be out 2-4 weeks.

“It surprised me, it happened (so quickly),” Ruiz told MLB.com of the injury. “It was that last thing I thought was going to happen, because before I felt great.”

Ruiz had previously missed the first 25 games of the season while serving a suspension for amphetamine use.

Since making his season debut on April 28, Ruiz is hitting .235 with two RBIs in 16 games.

NO DEMOTION FOR IKE

Fear not, Ike Davis.

Your mediocre play has not earned you a demotion yet.

Despite reports to the contrary, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson assured his first baseman that he’s not destined for a stint in triple-A, according to Newsday.

The 26-year-old is batting .156 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 39 games this season.

MORRISON STARTS REHAB

Some positive news on the injury front for the Miami Marlins.

After having knee surgery in September of last year, first baseman Logan Morrison is set to begin a rehab assignment Monday with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, according to the Miami Herland.

Morrison could join the Marlins as early as June.

Last season, the 25-year-old hit .230 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs in 93 games for Miami.

 


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