MLB notebook: Rangers call up prospect Profar, put Kinsler on DL

2013-05-20T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Rangers call up prospect Profar, put Kinsler on DLThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because of bruised ribs and recalled top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock.

Kinsler, a Canyon del Oro High School grad, was hitting .302 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored in 40 games.

"Ian went in the cage and when swung, he didn't feel comfortable," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We didn't want it to get worse, so along with him we decided to put him on the DL."

Profar will start tonight against Oakland and get most of the playing time at second base, a departure from last year when he mostly sat the final month of the season after homering in his first big-league at-bat when he was called up before his 20th birthday.

Profar, rated by many as baseball's No. 1 prospect, hit .278 at Round Rock, where he had an eight-game hitting streak. He came up as a shortstop but worked at second at Round Rock.

Ruiz, Howard out

PHILADELPHIA - Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard will have MRI exams today.

Ruiz will miss today's game at Miami after sqtraining his right hamstring Sunday in a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Ruiz, who said he felt a "pop" while running the bases in the second inning, hopes to rejoin the team on Tuesday.

Howard didn't play Sunday due to left knee soreness but joined the team on the trip to Miami. He said his knee's "been acting up."

Powerball ties

PHILADELPHIA - Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is plenty familiar with the Florida store that sold this weekend's huge Powerball-winning ticket.

Brown is from Zephyrhills, Fla., where someone bought the lucky ticket worth $590.5 million. The winner has not yet come forward to claim the prize, but Brown says he has shopped at the Publix supermarket where the numbers were sold. Zephyrhills, with about 13,000 people , is 30 miles northeast of Tampa.

Inside pitch

• St. Louis will promote rookie lefty Tyler Lyons from the minors to make his major league debut in place of injured Jaime Garcia on Wednesday. Down two starters for the time being, St. Louis also plugged Mitchell Boggs back into the bullpen mix. Lyons, 25, a 2010 ninth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, was 2-1 with a 4.47 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Memphis.

• San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan left Sunday's game at Colorado in the fifth inning because of flu-like symptoms. Pagan was replaced in center field by Andres Torres.

• Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis returned to the lineup after missing the last 19 games with a right quadriceps strain.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Deals, offers & events

View more...