SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler arrived at spring training Thursday morning and insisted that Michael Young will be in camp this weekend when the full squad reports.
“This isn’t DeSean Jackson or Michael Vick or Manny Ramirez,” Kinsler said. “Michael Young is a professional. It would be completely out of his personality not to be here.”
(Sidebar: How about Kinsler calling out a couple of Eagles, one of the Cowboys' biggest rivals?)
Kinsler doesn’t think this entire situation will alter Young’s personality in the clubhouse or his work ethic on the field.
“He’s motivated, he’s always been motivated,” Kinsler said. “He’s a baseball player. Obviously, that’s what he’s done his whole life. He’s the same guy. He’s frustrated with the situation, but it’s not changing him.”
Kinsler disagreed with the idea that if Young wasn’t traded that he’d react negatively.
“All the speculation that’s happened with how frustrated he’s going to be and how it’s going to effect the team and he’s not going to show up and that he’s this crazy, evil person now is ridiculous,” Kinsler said. “It doesn’t matter what locker room he’s in. As long as he’s here, he’s going to be the same guy that we’ve know. He’s going to be motivated; he’s going to be a leader. I don’t think he expects anything else and we don’t expect anything else.”