Injured Rangers Kinsler, Lewis have setbacks
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP)
General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday before the Rangers game against Arizona was postponed that Kinsler, the leadoff hitter who has been out since May 18 with bruised ribs, has what the team termed a stress reaction in that same area on his right side.
''It's one step shy, I guess, of a stress fracture, in that same family,'' Daniels said. ''We're probably looking at another couple of weeks. He's sore right now. ... Right now, he's got a level of discomfort where he can't play. So it's going to be on how he's feeling and how the discomfort's progressing.''
The Rangers also recalled right-hander Colby Lewis from his rehabilitation assignment because of muscular soreness in his elbow, which Daniels likened to a pitcher preparing for a season during spring training. Lewis had surgery last July to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow.
''It's kind of a like it's just pressure,'' Lewis said. ''It's not really any sharp pain. It's like a dull achiness. ... The more I play catch, the better I feeling. They say that's a good sign, that when you get looser it gets better.''
None of the Rangers played Wednesday night after a severe thunderstorm just more than an hour before the scheduled start of the game made the field unplayable.
During the storm that included lightning, gusty winds and heavy rains, the infield was soaked while the grounds crew struggled to get the tarp on the field.
Though the rain stopped and the grounds crew had been working on the field, Rangers officials announced the postponement just about an hour after the scheduled start.
That decision was made after Arizona manager Kirk Gibson joined several Rangers officials, including CEO Nolan Ryan, general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington, to survey the field.
''Third base and the third-base line was just entirely too soft,'' Washington said. ''Out of the box down the first-base line, halfway where the umpire's box is, it's soft too.''
Arizona and Texas will play a single game as scheduled Thursday.
The game postponed Wednesday will be made up at a later date, likely Aug. 15, a mutual off day for both teams.
Rangers spokesman John Blake said there were no injuries reported during the storms, but that about 25 trees outside the stadium sustained damage or were toppled by the bad weather.
Derek Holland (4-2) was scheduled to start Thursday for Texas, but will pitch Friday instead at home against Kansas City. Nick Tepesch also moved back a day to Saturday and Yu Darvish will pitch as scheduled Sunday, getting the ace an extra day of rest.
Darvish (7-2) leads the majors with 105 strikeouts, and is fourth in the American League with 74 1-3 innings.
Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who has been out with right biceps tendinitis, is set to make a rehab start Friday at Double-A Frisco. If all goes well, he could be back in the Rangers rotation next week.
Ogando had a throwing session Monday, and said he feels ''very good right now.''
Kinsler could have been eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but isn't even swinging a bat yet. He was hitting .302 with seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 24 runs scored in 40 games. He remained in Texas for treatment while the team played in Seattle and Arizona over the Memorial Day weekend.
Jurickson Profar, the team's top prospect, has hitting .304 with one homer and five RBIs in his six games so far as the primary second baseman.
Lewis got a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection in his elbow to help in the healing process. He likely won't make another rehab start for two more weeks.
''Obviously it's frustrating, but it's unrelated to his surgery. It's not ligament or the tendon. It's muscular, it's not structural,'' Daniels said. ''The silver lining, he shouldn't be down long, but I think these are kind of some of the normal ups and downs just with getting starting. It's almost like he's in spring training mode. ... We all have a pretty high degree of confidence that if he can get through it, he will. The medical staff feels like he will.''
Lewis was 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts last season before the torn tendon in his right elbow was diagnosed, only months before he was eligible to be a free agent. The Rangers gave their best postseason pitcher a new one-year contract two months after his surgery.
Originally drafted by Texas in 1999 with a compensation pick between the first and second rounds, Lewis is 32-29 with a 3.93 ERA in 80 starts since rejoining the team in 2010 after two seasons in Japan. He is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in eight postseason starts - 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in three World Series games.