The Rangers could send Ian Kinsler on a rehab assignment as soon as Thursday at Double A Frisco, and he could be ready to return to the lineup as early as Sunday. He will need a roster spot when he is reinstated from the 15-day disabled list.
The easy move would be to send Jurickson Profar back to Triple A. He came up when Kinsler went on the disabled list May 19. But there will be a discussion about Profar staying with the team in a utility role in which he spells Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and even Adrian Beltre and Lance Berkman on a semi-regular basis in which he gets enough at-bats to not stunt his development.
Manager Ron Washington said that the conversation hasn't taken place. It won't be entirely his call, he said, as he expects input from general manager Jon Daniels. But, as of now, Washington seems inclined to have Profar go to Triple A to continue his development.
"How can Profar be here if Kinsler is back and Elvis is here? That's a question I can't answer," Washington said. "It's not a decision we've made yet. It's a decision we're going to make. If you guys got any suggestions, please write them down so I can have them. I've got two All-Stars up the middle."
Kinsler said that he is fine physically. He was to go through a full workout with the team ahead of tonight's game with Cleveland, and Dr. Keith Meister was expected to examine Kinsler. If all is well with the stress reaction in his ribcage, Kinsler would be playing for Double A Frisco on Thursday.
-- Jeff Wilson