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Texas Rangers fans have waited four weeks to read or hear these words: second baseman Ian Kinsler will begin his rehab assignment. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan and Master Tesfatsion report that Kinsler has received full medical clearance to begin his Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday, June 13. Kinsler will report to the Rangers' Double-A Frisco Rough Riders of the Texas League.
Kinsler last played on May 17. He went on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his rib cage, He made tremendous progress in just the past two days. As of June 11, he had not yet taken live batting practice, but after a June 12 workout that included BP, Kinsler got the go ahead to begin playing.
Kinsler will DH in the Rough Riders' Thursday night game and then play second base Friday and Saturday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Rangers Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Kinsler was hitting .302 with 7 HR and 20 RBI as the Rangers' lead-off hitter at the time of his injury. Any semblance of that production in Frisco without physical problems will bring him right back to Arlington.
The Rangers will be glad to have Kinsler back in time for their four-game series with the Oakland Athletics from June 17-20 in Arlington. Oakland leads Texas by one game in the A.L. West as play begins on June 13. This series could push the race in one team's favor with a 3-1 win or sweep for either team. A split will keep the Athletics one game ahead.
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