Rangers notes: Ian Kinsler sits for a second straight day

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Bruised ribs kept Ian Kinsler out of the Texas Rangers’ starting lineup for a second consecutive night.

The injury originated when Kinsler was hit with a ball in the right side of his rib cage when he stole a base in Houston last weekend, and it was aggravated Thursday when Justin Verlander plunked him.

“It’s still a little tender, so give him another day and re-assess tomorrow,” manager Ron Washington said.

Kinsler pinch-ran for the first time in his career on Friday and was available in a similar capacity Saturday. The injury only flares up when Kinsler swings a bat.

In other injury news, starter Colby Lewis (right flexor tendon surgery) played long-toss with no issues and is scheduled to resume his medical rehabilitation assignment Monday at Double A Frisco. He will be throwing to catcher A.J. Pierzynski (strained right oblique), who will be playing the second of his scheduled two-game rehab with the RoughRiders.

Alexi Ogando (right biceps tendinitis), meanwhile, learned a lesson on how to handle his injury news. He didn’t inform the Rangers that his issue was bothering him before his last start, which could have led to a more serious injury.

“I told him, ‘You can’t do that,’” Washington said. “He’s taking on a different workload as a starter. If anything isn’t right, we’ve got to know about it.”

League’s best arm?

Leonys Martin has shown off his strong and accurate arm this season, with three of the Rangers’ four outfield assists.

It was on display Friday when he gunned down Detroit’s Andy Dirks in the third inning. But, in Martin’s mind, that throw wasn’t as good as his on May 8, when he threw out Milwaukee’s Jean Segura, who is tied for the most stolen bases in the NL.

“Milwaukee is better because Segura is faster,” Martin said. “Dirks is fast, but Segura is a lot faster.”

Ron Washington spoke highly of Martin’s arm before Saturday’s game, but the biggest compliment came from Nelson Cruz, who has a good arm himself.

“Leonys has the best arm in the league, no doubt,” Cruz said.

Better than his and Yoenis Cespedes’ and Jeff Francoeur’s and Ichiro Suzuki’s and all the others?

“Right now, it’s the best arm in the league,” Cruz said.

Cruz not worried

Nelson Cruz is among the league leaders in home runs and RBIs, and he said there is still room for improvement.

Cruz also said he is not trying to prove anything after an off-season report linked him and other big leaguers to an anti-aging clinic in the Miami area that reportedly supplied them banned substances.

MLB has an ongoing investigation into the matter but does not have a timetable on it and has yet to meet with Cruz.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” Cruz said. “I just worry about what I can do on the field and, other than that, it’s something I can’t control.”

Briefly

• The Rangers will have a decision to make Monday as to how to clear a spot for scheduled starter Josh Lindblom. Ron Washington said right-handed reliever Cory Burns, who has thrown 1 2/3 scoreless innings since being recalled, has made the decision “not cut and dried.”

• David Murphy batted in the two-hole for the first time in two years Saturday as the Rangers try to get him going offensively. “Just wanted to see if we could get him up there and get him a little more involved,” Washington said.

• Sunday night starter Derek Holland is coming off an outing in which he started strong with four scoreless innings but faltered by allowing two runs each in the fifth and sixth. “I wouldn’t say he took it for granted, just looked like he let his guard down,” Washington said. “He has to stay in tune the whole game.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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