03/26/10 3:38 PM ET
Kinsler hopes to be ready by Opening Day
Infielder may miss remainder of Cactus League action
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Major League Baseball
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"That would be the first course of action, get him as many at-bats as possible in a Minor League game before we put him in a regular game," Levine said. "It's really tough to prognosticate until we see how he physically responds to the injection. Our goal is to have him ready for Opening Day but we are not going to force the issue."Kinsler has played in just five Cactus League games this spring and has just ten at-bats. "We miss Kinsler," manager Ron Washington said. "We miss his presence, we miss his threat, we miss what he brings on defense and we miss his leadership." Also pitcher Darren O'Day is going to receive an injection in his right elbow to help relieve the pain and inflammation caused by a bone bruise. He did some light throwing on the side Friday and will likely be shut down 48-72 hours while the injection takes effect. The Rangers will likely use O'Day in Minor League games when he is ready to pitch again so they retain the flexibility as far as the disabled list.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.