Kinsler sits with bruised ribs again

ARLINGTON, Texas – Texas Rangers leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup again Saturday because of bruised ribs.

Kinsler didn’t start Saturday either but was used as a pinchrunner late in the game.

Texas manager Ron Washington said Kinsler would be available to run again Saturday or as a defensive replacement for Leury Garcia, who started at second for a second-consecutive game.

Washington wasn’t sure about Kinsler starting Sunday either, saying that decision would be made later.

Kinsler originally bruised the ribs last weekend when he was hit by a throw while sliding at second on a stolen base attempt. He re-aggravated the injury Thursday night trying to get out of the way of a Justin Verlander pitch that hit Kinsler.