SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It was a late start to the day because of a night game here in Surprise between the Rangers and Giants. But here are a few notes from the clubhouse:
* 2B Ian Kinsler said he is "progressing smoothly" right now with his right high ankle sprain. Of course, that means he's doing very little in the way of baseball activity. He did say he was going to throw today to keep his arm strength up. But he's doing some fast walking, but not running and basically taking it easy to make sure it's completely healed before he returns. "I want to make sure I can rotate it by the time the season starts," Kinsler said. "It's getting better everyday." Kinsler didn't put a timetable on a return, but the Rangers said he's still looking at that 7-day window. Stay tuned.
* Michael Kirkman said he's fine and has been cleared to resume baseball activities after a line drive hit him in the ear. Kirkman said he knew he was OK when he was walking back behind the mound and only felt a little ringing in his ear. "The ball bounced in the dirt and came at me quick," Kirkman said. "If that's anywhere besides the desert, I'm not sure it isn't just a ground ball back to the mound that I field."