Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who continues to be slowed by a sprained right ankle, appears likely start the 2010 season on the disabled list.
No decision has been made, but Kinsler won't play today. That leaves four spring/exhibition games before Monday's season opener.
"Whatever we decide is going to be in the best interest of Ian," manager Ron Washington said.
He was scheduled to take groundballs this morning in Surprise, Ariz., while the Rangers headed to Tucson to play Arizona. Kinsler has yet to run since suffering the sprain March 12 while working out. He has hit off a tee and taken batting practice, but his mobility is significantly hampered. He said Monday that he doesn't want to play if he can only jog.
"That's his game," Washington said. "Does he have to steal bags? No, but that's part of his game. That's what makes him a threat."
Washington said he is more optimistic that Darren O'Day (elbow) will be on the Opening Day roster than Kinsler.
-- Jeff Wilson