If you're headed out to Frisco this weekend for some baseball, you're in for a treat. It's always a nice surprise when you go to a minor-league baseball game and get a major-league player on a rehab assignment and beginning Thursday, Texas Rangers second baseman and leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler will be playing for Frisco.
The assignment is expected to last through Saturday, with Kinsler being used on Thursday as a designated hitter and as a second baseman on Friday and Saturday before rejoining the Rangers on Sunday in the series finale against Toronto. More importantly, Kinsler should be back in the Rangers' struggling lineup for Monday's start of a four-game home series against first-place Oakland.
Kinsler has been out of the lineup since May 18, when the Rangers held a 6 1/2-game lead over the A's, with a rib injury and since then the Rangers have gone 11-12 and are now trailing the A's by a game.
"I feel fine,” Kinsler told the Associated Press. “I’m ready to play and I haven’t had anything physically tell me I’m not. I’m going to continue to push it and hopefully I can continue on the same path I’m on."
Kinsler was one of the Rangers' top players, possibly their MVP, before going on the DL, as he was hitting .302 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in his 40 games.