Rangers without Ian Kinsler for at least two more weeks

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Word that second baseman Ian Kinsler will be out at least two more weeks had been passed to the media covering the Texas Rangers before it had reached Kinsler’s fill-in, Jurickson Profar.

The news didn’t thrill Profar by any means, even though it means that his trek back down I-35 to Triple A Round Rock has been delayed. The 20-year-old was shocked and seemed genuinely concerned.

“At least two more weeks?” Profar said. “I haven’t even talked to him. It’s bad. He’s the guy.”

Kinsler isn’t sure when he will play again after being diagnosed with a stress reaction — one step shy of a stress fracture — after an initial diagnosis of a strained muscle in his right ribcage.

The Rangers were expecting him to come off the disabled list Sunday, but will likely be without their leadoff hitter and three-time All-Star well into June.

“You just have to take time and let it heal,” Kinsler said. “It’s not comfortable. I guess that’s what happens when you have a [reaction] in one of your ribs.”

An MRI exam was ordered after he continued to feel discomfort despite a week of treatment. He hasn’t done any baseball activities since hitting the disabled list May 19, and there’s no time frame for when he will resume them.

Kinsler was told that his injury typically takes three to six weeks to heal. He has already been on the shelf more than a week, so he’s hopeful that he will need only two more weeks before he returns to the lineup.

“I’m thinking the earliest possible and make an adjustment from there,” he said. “But who knows? It might be a month or it might be next week.”

The Kinsler injury wasn’t the only bad injury news general manager Jon Daniels gave Wednesday. Right-hander Colby Lewis, recovering from elbow surgery last year, won’t make another rehab start for at least two weeks because of more issues with his triceps muscle.

Alexi Ogando, though, could be back next week if all goes well with his biceps tendinitis Friday during a five-inning rehab start with Double A Frisco.

Despite the injury woes, which also include Matt Harrison and Joakim Soria, the Rangers entered Tuesday with the best record in the American League at 32-20.

“Every team’s got their issues,” Daniels said. “We’ve got a number of notable names, but you look around the league and we’re not the only ones. No one’s feeling sorry for us.

“The guys that are here are doing a great job. We are where we are because of the guys in that room. They’ve taken advantage of their opportunities. We’re going to continue to need guys to step up, and we think they will.”

Profar was in the lineup on a rainy Wednesday night against Arizona, and will continue to split time with Leury Garcia. Manager Ron Washington, though, said that Profar will play more often.

Profar, baseball’s top prospect, was batting .304 (7 for 23) with one homer and five RBIs since the Kinsler injury.

“Whenever they put me in there, I’ll be ready to go,” Profar said.

The Rangers have gone 5-6 since Kinsler bowed out of the starting lineup May 17, a day after he was injured while trying to twist out of the way of a Justin Verlander pitch. Their .276 batting average in that span was fifth in the league, but they were ninth in runs (47), 10th in average with runners in scoring position (.245) and 13th in homers (nine).

Kinsler has been missed.

“We’re missing Kinsler a lot,” Washington said. “We miss his presence. We miss what he gives our offense.”

Kinsler misses the Rangers, too.

“Any time you’re on the DL is extremely frustrating,” he said. “It’s no fun to watch, especially when you work hard to prepare yourself for the season and you hit a speed bump when you have to slow down. It’s not easy to do.”

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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