Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Buzz: Kinsler plays through minor injury
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was shown wincing on TV during the ninth inning Tuesday night because of an undisclosed injury.
Kinsler said Wednesday morning that it's "no problem." He did need a day as the designated hitter, he said, but should be fine after the Rangers' off day Thursday.
Kinsler said it has nothing to do with his right ankle that he sprained in spring training of 2010 and had issues with that season and in 2011. He comically said the injury is somewhere above the ankle and below the neck.
"Everyone has problems this time of year," Kinsler said. "It's something I need to maintain and make sure it doesn't get worse than it is. I'm fine. It should be fine after tomorrow."
Manager Ron Washington was also asked about Kinsler's issue and said "it's no big deal."
Kinsler is 2-for-9 on the current homestand and had an RBI double Tuesday night that ended the Rangers' 15-inning scoreless streak.
Perez rewind: Rookie left-hander Martin Perez saw his six-game winning streak end with Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. It shouldn't send off any alarms, Washington said. Perez was the victim of a poor fifth inning in which he allowed four consecutive hits after getting the first two outs of the inning.
"All of the balls were elevated," Washington said. "He'll make the adjustment for next time. He's the kind of guy that likes to pitch down in the zone."
Remembering 9/11: Like most, Washington remembers where he was and what he was doing on Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists slammed jets into the World Trade Center towers.
Washington was getting some maintenance done on his truck and listening to the Isley Brothers on his radio. His wife, Gerry, called and asked if he was watching TV.
The Rangers were in Oakland at the time -- Washington was the A's third base coach. Baseball played a big part in the nation's recovery from the tragedy.
"It gave them a distraction," Washington said. "We stopped playing for a week and then we got back to playing. It gave people a release. Not that you will ever forget what happened or not think about what happened and remember the families. It was just a rough time."
On the 12th anniversary, the Rangers honor the nation's tragedies with the Honorary First Pitch being thrown out by Jessica Lynch, the former Quartermaster Corps Private First Class in the U.S. Army who was a prisoner of war of the Iraqi military in the 2003 invasion of Irag. The National Anthem is being sung by the 531st Air Force Quintet.
Short hops: Right-hander Nick Tepesch is still slated to start Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay, the next time the Rangers need a fifth starter. ... Designated hitter Lance Berkman has now had a full week off since his last start a week ago Tuesday at Oakland. Washington said Berkman is available as a left-handed pinch hitter.