UPDATE: Saturday, June 15, at 1:04 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
According to MLB Roster Moves, the Rangers have reinstated Kinsler from the 15-day DL:
The @Rangers reinstate 2B Ian Kinsler from 15-day DL; option infielder Leury Garcia to Triple-A Round Rock.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) June 15, 2013
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UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, at 1:57 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Great news for Rangers fans as Ian Kinsler continues to make progress and has begun hitting off a tee, according to ESPN's Todd Wills.
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler started swinging off a tee Saturday and reported no issues as he ramps up his recovery from a fractured rib.
Kinsler also has started range of motion exercises and is throwing. There is no timetable on his return. Kinsler had hoped to be back this week. He was eligible to come off the 15-day DL on June 2.
'We're hopeful for meaningful progress this week,' Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said.'
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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29, at 5:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, Kinsler suffered a setback in his recovery:
Ian Kinsler has developed a stress reaction in his right ribcage and will be sidelined for at least two more weeks. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday but he has not resumed baseball activities.
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In a corresponding move, the Rangers have recalled infielder and top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock to take his place on the active roster.
MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan had a transcript of the press release sent out by the Rangers on Sunday:
Kinsler did not start the past 2 games due to the injury, although he pinch-ran on Friday vs. Detroit. He is batting .302 with 7 home runs, 11 doubles, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 40 games for Texas this season. His 16 multi-hit games are tied for 7th-most in the American League. The first date he would be eligible to return is June 2.
Todd Wills of ESPN Dallas also provided a report on Kinsler.
If you've yet to see the infamous slide into third base that left Kinsler gimpy (and likely embarrassed), MLB on Twitter has this GIF to help you. Kinsler hasn't been in the starting lineup since Thursday's game against Detroit:
Awesome GIF alert: Ian Kinsler dives (painfully) into 3rd base: atmlb.com/16nsAkE— MLB (@MLB) May 17, 2013
Here's another angle, courtesy of Yahoo! Sports:
A three-time American League All-Star, Kinsler was off to a great start for the Rangers again this season, hitting .302 in 40 games and 180 at-bats. He's added seven home runs, 20 RBI and an .869 OPS so far during the 2013 season, and the Rangers would not lead the AL in wins right now without his hot bat.
For his career, Kinsler is a .273 hitter with 150 home runs in 970 career games.
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The hole in the lineup for Texas will not easily be replaced, as Kinsler does whatever he can to get on base for manager Ron Washington and get the Rangers' offensive attack going. However, it will be fans' second chance to see top prospect Profar in action.
Here's how he's been doing in the minor leagues this year, per Sullivan's press release:
He has spent the entire season with Round Rock, batting .278 (40-144) with 27 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 19 RBI, and 21 walks in 37 games for the Express. Profar’s only other major league action came last year with Texas, batting .176 (3-17) with a homer, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI in 9 games.
According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Profar will get the start on Monday night. Leury Garcia, who started for Kinsler on Friday, will also see time there while Kinsler is on his latest DL stint:
Jurickson Profar will start Monday. Leury Garcia will get time, too, while Ian Kinsler is out.— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilson_FWST) May 19, 2013
Kinsler is a valuable member of the Texas lineup, and his presence will be missed—specifically atop the Texas batting order. However, fans have been licking their chops to see Profar in Arlington, and it looks like they'll get to do that while Kinsler heals up.