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Kinsler says he wasn't drinking with Hamilton

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Ian Kinsler said he never saw Josh Hamilton consume alcohol during the short time they spent together on the night Hamilton relapsed with alcohol.

Kinsler spoke publicly Sunday for the first time about the Jan. 30 timeline, which matched the breakdown that Hamilton gave during a Feb. 3 news conference.

Hamilton said then that he didn't drink in front of Kinsler, and then went back to a North Dallas bar after Kinsler had dropped him off with the understanding that Hamilton was in for the night.

Kinsler said that he has moved on from erroneous reports that he was drinking with Hamilton.

"I'm not too concerned about what people say," Kinsler said. "I was there. I know what happened. People can say what they think was happening or what they want to say about the situation.

"There were, seriously, eight people in that bar. I don't know how many people were focused on us. We weren't out in the middle of the bar."

Kinsler said that he and Hamilton have discussed the situation multiple times, and there is no animosity between them.

"I've kind of gotten over it. I'm focused on the season," Kinsler said. "I support Josh. I'm completely supportive of him. I think all of his teammates are and all the coaches are. We're going to be here for him and whatever he needs."

Kinsler became the first everyday position player to arrive for spring training, and the second baseman did so without any pain in his right ankle after having a plasma-rich platelet injection in November.

He said that there is nothing new concerning a contract extension, and denied a report that said he is seeking a deal worth $90 million that was countered at $76.5 million by the Rangers.

Uehara wants resolution on trade

Right-hander Koji Uehara was the first of only four Rangers players to show up Sunday morning, but he isn't sure how many more days he'll be spending in Rangers camp.

The Rangers have attempted to deal Uehara and his $4 million salary throughout the off-season, and recently have seen talks with Oakland pick up. Uehara said that he hasn't been informed where things stand, but is hoping for a final answer soon.

The best-case scenario is to stay with the Rangers, he said. The uncertainty is weighing on him.

"I love this team, and they have great personnel," said Uehara, who was acquired in a July 30 trade with Baltimore. "Mentally, I'm not settled down yet. It would be great if I could get that over with."

Uehara has a limited, six-team no-trade clause, and he exercised it in January when he nixed a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays.

He had concerns going to Toronto about the weather, and he also wasn't interested in a return to the offense-heavy American League East.

Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760

Twitter: @JeffWilson_FWST

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