Rangers notes: Josh Lindblom sticks in starting rotation

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Right-hander Josh Lindblom technically didn’t figure into the Rangers’ 6-3 win against the Indians on Monday, but his second-career start was good enough to set up the late-inning victory. It also set up another start Saturday, on his 26th birthday.

Lindblom kept Texas in the game with six innings of work. He allowed a three-run bases-loaded double to Carlos Santana after two singles and a walk in the third but rebounded to retire the next 10 batters.

“Any time you go out and give your team a chance to win, that’s all your manager and the team asks of you,” he said. “It’s good to go out and kind of celebrate [Monday] night, go eat dinner. Then you wake up in the morning and the sun comes up and the day starts and you get ready for your next start.”

That wasn’t the case May 20 in his first career start when the A’s lit up Lindblom for seven runs (four earned), including a four-run fifth, and he was optioned back to Triple A that night. He continued to pitch well in Round Rock, including a 6-0 record with a 2.04 ERA.

He said the Rangers haven’t told him anything about his future, but manager Ron Washington said he’ll make his next scheduled start in the rotation.

“In this game, you just come to the field every day and you prepare,” Lindblom said. “We’re not paid to make decisions, we’re paid to prepare and compete. I showed up at the field [Tuesday] and did my normal routine and if they call me, they call me, if they don’t, they don’t. I just go about my business.”

Lindblom expected to work out of the bullpen during the spring, but before the season he was moved to a starter. Washington said Lindblom’s curveball has been better than in the spring and he’s added a changeup.

“He was more down in the zone, and his changeup and curveball came into play,” Washington said. “You have to give Jon [Daniels] and them the credit for trying him as a starter down in Triple A. It allows him to use all his pitches. It was a good move.”

Kinsler revved up

Ian Kinsler said that he felt improvement in his ribcage following a second straight day of on-field baseball activities, and he is pushing to get on a rehab assignment by Thursday.

The second baseman, out of the starting lineup since May 17, will likely have a light day Wednesday, though he will push to take batting practice on the field. If he does and is OK afterward, he could head to Double A Frisco, which opens a 12-game homestand Wednesday.

“That would be ideal,” Kinsler said.

Manager Ron Washington, though, thinks the medical staff might take a more cautious approach for getting Kinsler two or three rehab games. But, barring a setback, it seems inevitable that Kinsler will be reinstated from the disabled list before the Rangers’ next road trip, which begins June 21.

That’s the day Mitch Moreland is eligible to come of the disabled list, and he, too, expects to be reinstated then. He ran at 80 percent effort on his strained right hamstring and can participate in all baseball activities.

Briefly

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Jeff Wilson 817-390-7760 Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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