Injury update: Kinsler might be done for the season

Updated: August 19, 2008, 3:48 PM ET
By Stephania Bell
As the end of the season approaches, the injuries in baseball seem to be on the rise. Or maybe it just seems that way because significant players on hot teams seem to be dropping like flies.

Especially in Tampa Bay. I'm not sure what the Rays did to deserve their recent stretch of bad injury luck, but at least their fortunes have nowhere to go but up. They are not alone, though; injuries to key players have struck multiple teams. Here are the most significant ones:

Ian Kinsler, 2B, Rangers: Kinsler knew there was a problem in his left groin area during his first at-bat Sunday. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the injury was manageable until his at-bat in the seventh inning, when the discomfort forced him to leave the game. The team's orthopedist, Dr. Keith Meister, believes Kinsler has a sports hernia, according to the Dallas Morning News. The second baseman is scheduled for further evaluation Tuesday with a specialist, who will no doubt try to determine whether Kinsler in fact has a hernia, either the traditional type or a sports hernia. The critical issue centers on whether Kinsler will require surgery, which would effectively end his season.