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Rangers Considering Calling Up Jurickson Profar, Says Nolan Ryan

The Texas Rangers might call up highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar from the minors in the near future.

Mar 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar throws out San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Surprise Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 29, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar throws out San Francisco Giants third baseman Conor Gillaspie (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

When Texas Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan hopped on ESPN Dallas 103.3 on Monday afternoon, he spoke directly about the club's plan with regards to 19-year-old shortstop Jurickson Profar.

For those anxious to see the highly touted prospect, his words are positive ones, via ESPNDallas.com.

"There has been some discussion about that," Ryan said. "Will he be a September call up, will he be prior to that? I couldn't say, but do I think at some point in time he'll be here this year? I would say there's a reasonable chance of that happening."

With just three hitters on the bench and 13 pitchers on the roster, it should not come as a big surprise if the Rangers make this move shortly. If Texas waits until September when the rosters expand to 40, Profar would be ineligible for the playoffs barring an injury to another position player.

Profar is batting .283 and has 13 home runs, 25 doubles and 60 RBIs in 110 games with Double-A Frisco.

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