Sunday, June 9, 2013
Buzz: Kinsler starts swinging off tee
By Todd Wills
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler started swinging off a tee Saturday and reported no issues as he ramps up his recovery from a fractured rib.
Kinsler also has started range of motion exercises and is throwing. There is no timetable on his return. Kinsler had hoped to be back this week. He was eligible to come off the 15-day DL on June 2.
"We're hopeful for meaningful progress this week," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said.
The Rangers' offense is slumping without their leadoff hitter, scoring three runs or less in 12 of their last 17 games. Kinsler was batting .302 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs.
Other Rangers' injury news:
Soria throws another bullpen: Reliever Joakim Soria threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday in Arizona as he continues to progress toward throwing live batting practice in Arlington this week. Soria will throw another bullpen on Tuesday and if all goes well with that, he'll return to Texas.
Feliz on half mound: Neftali Feliz has thrown off a half mound as he rehabs from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. His next step is throwing a bullpen and he's still not expected back before August.
Lewis still down: The Rangers haven't set a date for Colby Lewis' return to a mound. He was shut down after experiencing soreness in his right elbow.