The Texas Rangers have placed Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain and called up top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced on Sunday.
The rib injury has bothered Kinsler for a few days, as the Rangers held him out of the lineup for the past two games. The second baseman originally suffered the injury when he was hit by a ball in the side against the Houston Astros sliding into second base. The injury grew worse after Justin Verlander plunked Kinsler.
Kinsler will be missed in the Texas lineup, as the Rangers second baseman has been impressive offensively in 2013. Kinsler hit .302/.369/.500 in his first 180 plate appearances.
Buster Olney broke the news earlier on Sunday that the Rangers had summoned Profar to Arlington in case the team needed him. Texas evaluated Kinsler before the game to determine the seriousness of his injury, and chose to give the team's starting second baseman some rest.
Profar is one of baseball's most celebrated prospects, as John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked the shortstop as the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball heading into the 2013 season. The 20-year-old is considered a strong defender at a premium position, and has swung the bat well in Triple-A this season, hitting .278/.370/.438 through his first 166 plate appearances.
Profar made his major-league debut last season for the Rangers. The shortstop appeared in nine games for the Rangers, hitting .176/.176/.471 in 17 plate appearances.
Profar will not start for Texas Sunday night against the Tigers; Leury Garcia will receive the start at second base. Profar will be in uniform and should be available to play.