ARLINGTON -- Rapid-fire Rangers injury updates:• Jurickson Profar was back in the lineup on Friday after missing two games while going through the concussion protocol. Profar had to come out of Monday's game with the Rays in the second inning when he was upended trying to turn a double play
ARLINGTON -- Rapid-fire Rangers injury updates:
• Jurickson Profar was back in the lineup on Friday after missing two games while going through the concussion protocol. Profar had to come out of Monday's game with the Rays in the second inning when he was upended trying to turn a double play and fell on the right side of the face.
Profar felt he was ready to play the next day but had to go through the protocol, and that's not easy. Profar had to answer a series of questions, and it was compared to the same questions asked in Spring Training. He wasn't cleared until his answers matched the ones from the spring.
"I thought I was good, but the computer said I wasn't passing," said Profar, who played shortstop and went 1-for-4 in the Rangers' 6-2 loss to the Mariners.
• Shortstop Elvis Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, was back with the team on Friday after staying home during the Rangers' six-game road trip. Andrus is expected to be out until at least early June but will start traveling with the team again.
Andrus suffered the fracture when he was hit by a pitch April 11 in a game against the Angels. The initial prognosis was 6-8 weeks, and this is the first time he has been on the DL in his career.
"It is super tough, but to be back with the team, my mind can relax," Andrus said. "I can be at the games, be a cheerleader and help my teammates as much as I can, do something positive. It's going to help me. It took me a couple of days to relax and settle in. I realized it happened and there was nothing I can do about it."
• Pitcher Doug Fister, sidelined with a strained right hip muscle, threw a 58-pitch bullpen session on Friday without any issues. The Rangers will see how he responds this weekend before they decide what the next step will be. Manager Jeff Banister said a rehab start in the Minors may not be required since Fister last pitched on April 11.
"It depends on how he feels," manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm not going to make any bold predictions on when he is going to start again. He came out of this feeling good."
• Rougned Odor, who was placed on the disabled list April 10 with a strained left hamstring, is able to swing a bat and play catch, but he has yet to start a running program. He is projected to return in early May.
• Delino DeShields, recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his left wrist, was 2-for-3 on Friday night with a run scored in his second rehab game at Double-A Frisco. Banister said the Rangers will re-evaluate him on Saturday.
Tocci decision may be coming
The return of DeShields may force the Rangers to make a decision on outfielder Carlos Tocci. He is the Rule 5 Draft pick from the Phillies who has be to be on the roster all season. Otherwise he goes through waivers and, if he clears, must be offered back to Philadelphia.
The Rangers, at that point, could also work out a deal with the Phillies. The Rangers like Tocci's defensive skills in center, but he is 2-for-23 with 10 strikeouts. He had just 53 at-bats at Triple-A last year and hit .189 before being drafted by the Rangers.
The question would be if they want to keep him over left-handed hitter Drew Robinson or right-handed hitter Ryan Rua. Both have Minor League options, but they also have the ability to play multiple positions. Robinson started in center on Friday night.
"Tocci has the skill set to be a good-looking player if he continues to progress and get stronger," Banister said.
Bush moment of silence
The Rangers observed a moment of silence before Friday's game in memory of former First Lady Barbara Bush. She served as First Lady with George H.W. Bush from 1989-93.
Her son, George W. Bush, headed an investment group that bought the Rangers in 1989 and served as managing general partner until he ran for Governor of Texas in '94. Barbara Bush became a big Rangers fan while her son was active with the team and participated in multiple events, including the ceremonial first pitch on occasion.
• The Rangers have released pitchers Paolo Espino and Steve Delabar from Triple-A Round Rock to make room for recently acquired catcher Tony Sanchez and pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
• Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners (3,087 hits) and Adrian Beltre (3,069) enter this series 22nd and 23rd all-time among Major League hit leaders.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.