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Rougned Odor's suspension means Jurickson Profar is back

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Saturday morning's Say Hey includes the return of the a former top prospect, a whole lot of pitchers off to bad starts, and the greatness of Jose Fernandez.

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Remember that whole fracas in Texas in which Rougned Odor landed the punch heard ‘round the world? You’re reading this newsletter, so I’m going to assume you do. It wasn’t that long ago. Well, both Odor and Jose Bautista appealed their suspensions, and that process is over. Bautista’s one-game punishment was upheld, and he doesn’t seem super thrilled about it. Odor, on the other hand, had one game taken off his suspension and will now miss seven contests. Bautista doesn’t seem too thrilled about this one, either.

So, the suspensions are happening and their teams will miss each of those players. A fun little side effect to all of this, though, is the return of Jurickson Profar. The Rangers’ infielder has been called up upon Odor’s suspension and led off his first game of the season. If you recall, Profar was the game’s best prospect back in 2013. In this modern world that revolves around a "What have you done for me lately?" attitude, that seems like ages ago. However, it’s only been three seasons. He struggled in a half-season’s worth of plate appearances that year, and this will be his first taste of the highest level since that experience.

In all honesty, Profar is among the most fascinating baseball players in the world. All top prospects have hype around them, of course, but the hype around Profar in 2013 seemed like it reached another level, and he appeared to be something close to a sure thing. Since that time, he’s been plagued by injury after injury, all surrounding a shoulder ailment that was originally going to keep him out for a few months. It may seem like it’s been forever, but he’s still only 23 and has all the talent he’s always had. It’s unclear if he will stay in Texas after Odor’s suspension ends, but it’s clear that this isn’t the last we’ll hear of Profar.