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Rangers activate Ian Kinsler from disabled list, keep Jurickson Profar around

Jun 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

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Ian Kinsler has been activated from the disabled list and will bat leadoff and play second base this afternoon against the Blue Jays. In turn, the Rangers have optioned Leury Garcia to Triple-A Round Rock and will keep Jurickson Profar around in a utility role.

Kinsler has been sidelined since May 17 due to a right intercostal strain, but he made it through two rehab games with Double-A Frisco without any issues. The 30-year-old returns to a .302/.369/.500 batting line to go along with seven home runs, 20 RBI, and three stolen bases in 40 games this season.

Profar, who was called up from the minors after Kinsler was injured, is batting .278/.326/.392 with two home runs, three doubles, and seven RBI in 87 plate appearances. It could be a challenge to get him enough at-bats to justify keeping him with the big club, so Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest.com notes that the Rangers plan to have him work with third base coach Gary Pettis on outfield drills. It should be an interesting situation to monitor.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The way they have been hitting, the Rangers need all the help they can get.

    • jerze2387 - Jun 15, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      ..especially in the OF. After murphy and Cruz, who do they have? Leonys Martin? Gentry? id take profar over them any day, although his bat may be a bit light for an OF

  2. nbjays - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    It didn’t work. Kinsler went 0-for-4 with a walk and the Jays won again, 6-1. Texas is sure in a deep slump right now.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    The way Andrus has been hitting lately, I would not be surprised to see Profar get some starts at short stop beginning tomorrow.

  4. man0warr - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    This slump started when Mitch Moreland hit the DL

  5. marzalmighty - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    @jerze2387 Murphy? Really? I’d rather have Profar in left, Martin full time in center, and Cruz in right. Flip Murph for some bullpen help and run with Gentry as the fourth outfielder.

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