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.
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The right-hander struck out the side in the ninth, hitting at least 100 mph eight times. Twice he hit 100. Here is what manager Ron Washington had to say following the game.
"That's what we want to see when he comes in," Washington said. "Let it go and throw it in the strike zone. He left it out there. We've been talking to him about pitching, and sometimes he goes out there and tries to please everybody. We want him to understand when we put him in the ballgame, leave it out there. Do what he does best."
The Rangers' search for a utility infielder appears to have ended. Andres Blanco, acquired only two days ago, has made enough of an impression to convince club brain trust that he should be on the Opening Day roster.
Blanco wowed with his glove Sunday during his start against the Chicago White Sox with a terrific play while charging to his right to get Alexei Ramirez and also with a strong throw while turning a 1-6-3 double play. Manager Ron Washington worked with Blanco this morning at shortstop and second base, and believes Blanco could play third as well.
Joaquin Arias, Gregorio Petit and Esteban German remain in camp, but they haven't shown what Blanco did Sunday.
When asked if Blanco has answered all the Rangers' questions, Washington said, "He answers. He answers."
With Blanco in the mix, that leaves one bench spot remaining for a right-handed-hitting first baseman. The player who wins that spot might not be in camp, though. Matt Brown and Max Ramirez are in the running, with Brown having the edge.
But the Rangers are looking elsewhere. Mike Lowell is a possibility, though he is slowed by a bad hip and knee and Boston would have to taken on even more of his $12 million salary than had been agreed to before a deal for him fell through in December. Another possibility? Kevin Millar, who is in camp with the Chicago Cubs on a minor-league deal.
The biggest note has to do with the lineup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is catching and playing six innings against the Rockies, which should be an indication he's ready to go for the season opener.
Ian Kinsler will hit again today, but is still not running. He will not play tomorrow either. Four pitchers - Doug Mathis, Darren Oliver, Neftali Feliz and Dustin Nippert - will pitch in minor league games Tuesday.
Darren O'Day is throwing off flat ground today.
The lineup vs. the Rockies: 1, Borbon; 2, Young; 3, Hamilton; 4, Guerrero; 5, Cruz; 6, Davis; 7, Saltalamacchia; 8, Blanco; 9, Andrus.