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August 28, 2012

Tuesday's non-Roy Oswalt pregame Rangers notes: Jurickson Profar a September call-up?

The Rangers are considering adding between five and seven players when rosters expand Sept. 1, and they have an open spot on the 40-man roster for Jurickson Profar.

It appears that the 19-year-old will be with the Rangers at some point next month, though he might not join the roster until after Frisco is eliminated from the Texas League playoffs. It's not certain how much he would play, though likely not much until the Rangers either clinch a playoff spot or feel supremely confident that they will.

Brandon Snyder and Martin Perez could join the Rangers on Saturday from Triple A as rosters expand. Snyder would give the Rangers protection in case they need an emergency catcher while Mike Napoli (right quad) remains out. Perez could give the Rangers another long man in the bullpen, or a lefty specialist, or even a spot start should a lefty match up better against a particular team. Cleveland, which has a left-handed-heavy lineup, could be a possibility. The Rangers and Indians play six more times this season.

Tanner Scheppers has been told that he will return after Round Rock's season ends, and Leonys Martin would seem a likely addition after spending two stints with the Rangers this season.

Napoli said that he doesn't know what his next step would be as he tries to come back from the disabled list, but he is unable to accelerate on the base paths. He continues to lift weights to strength his quadriceps muscle, but running has been unsuccessful. The Rangers had hoped to send him on a rehab assignment before Round Rock's season ends, but that is looking doubtful. Napoli could play for Frisco during its playoff run.

-- Jeff Wilson 


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