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Jurickson Profar is making progress in his return from a torn shoulder

Texas Rangers v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Jurickson Profar #13 of the Texas Rangers celebrates his fifth inning home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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On the 60-day disabled list with a torn shoulder muscle, Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has been cleared to swing a bat and is expected to resume a throwing program next week.

However, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas there’s still no official timetable for Profar’s return. Because he’s on the 60-day disabled list he’s not even eligible to rejoin the Rangers’ active roster until late May anyway.

Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine indicated that the team will play it very safe with Profar’s timetable after perhaps attempting to rush him back too soon during spring training. In his absence they’ve used a combo of journeymen Donnie Murphy and Josh Wilson at second base with predictably poor results, as they’ve hit .220 with one homer and a .588 OPS in 27 games.

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