BY: Richard W. Humphrey
Prior to Saturday’s game with Toronto, Ian Kinsler was activated from the disabled list. Infielder Leury Garcia, not Jurickson Profar, was optioned to AAA Round Rock to make room on the 25 man roster for Kinsler, who is in the Rangers’ Saturday lineup batting first and playing second base.
The original plan was for Kinsler to play three games on his minor league rehab assignment at AA Frisco. He was 0-8 in two games at Frisco, one at designated hitter and one at second base.
The move smacks of pushing the panic button by the Rangers. The team has scored just one run in the first two games of the ongoing four game series with the Jays. They have lost the three previous series and have currently lost a season high four games while falling two games behind Oakland in the West. Ranger management is obviously looking for a spark by activating Kinsler earlier than planned.
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