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September 01, 2012

Saturday's Rangers notes: Jurickson Profar ready for role

Jurickson Profar knows that he won't get too much playing time with the Texas Rangers, but he is OK with that.

"Doesn't matter," he said. "I'll still get better on the bench by just watching those guys play."

Profar was one of six players to join the Rangers today, along with right-handers Tanner Scheppers and Yoshinori Tateyama, left-hander Martin Perez, outfielder Leonys Martin and utility player Brandon Snyder.

Profar found out the news from Double A Frisco manager Steve Buechele, and made his first call to his grandma, Victoria, in Curacao.

"She was so happy for me," Profar said.

The Rangers don't expect to make any more call ups once the minor league seasons are finished. Outfielder Julio Borbon and infielder Alberto Gonzalez seemed like potential candidates, but they will only be recalled if there is an injury.

Here are a few other pregame notes: 

* Mike Napoli went through agility drills but didn't run the bases. He is taking it a day at a time, and will see how it feels Sunday to determine if he can run the bases.

* Elvis Andrus isn't too worried about the two errors he committed Friday. One of the errors came on a throw trying to complete a double play. It wasn't a bad throw, but Ryan Dempster wasn't set at first base. Ron Washington told Andrus that is a situation where he needs to throw the ball higher.

* Martin Perez believes he will be able to make the transition to reliever without any issues. He has never worked in that capacity, but said: "Just have to throw strikes. That's it."

* Ron Washington said Mike Olt might not get a start in Cleveland. However, Olt will start one of the four games in Kansas City.

-- Drew Davison


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