Ian Kinsler was cleared to resume baseball activities Tuesday after an MRI showed significant improvement with his strained left groin, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Kinsler took batting practice and ran sprints in the outfield Tuesday. He’s expecting to ramp up his workouts as the week continues, but a rehab assignment is not imminent.
“I need to take my time to get into shape,” Kinsler said. “I don’t want
to pull a hamstring because I’m not in shape. I want to make sure my
body is ready to go.”
Kinsler told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he doesn’t anticipate returning from the disabled list until before or on September 1, so we’re probably still looking at about another week before he is back. Kinsler has been sidelined since July 27 due to the injury.
One benefit of having an 8 1/2 game lead in the American League West? He can take all the time he needs.
On a related note, the Rangers purchased the contract of Alex Cora from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday and designated Joaquin Arias for assignment.