Kinsler news, plus Matt Treanor
The latest on Ian Kinsler.
He is “tracking” balls in live batting practice. That means he is facing a real pitcher in batting practice but not swinging. He is also doing cage work with hitting coach Clint Hurdle.
That’s it. No running, no fielding, no agility drills.
No Minor League games here in Arizona.
No Opening Day.
He’ll start the season on the disabled list. The Rangers can backdate that but now it looks like Kinsler will miss more than just the minimum number of games during the first week of the season.
“Our goal is to win the American League West,” assistant general manager Thad Levine said. “Ian Kinsler will play a huge part in us accomplishing that goal. We are also well-aware of the length of the season. We are not (trying) to get him out there early in the season and cost us more games later in the season.”
Also on Matt Treanor…
He is still here.
He could have become a free agent on Tuesday by exercising an “out” clause in his contract but declined to do so.
The Rangers have not made any pronouncements on their catching situation but Treanor appears likey to be headed for Triple A. The Rangers also have Kevin Richardson and possibly Max Ramirez there so no indication yet as to how they will split up their duties.
Darren O’Day is pitching in a Minor League game today. So is Chris Ray.
This will be O’Day’s first appearance in a game since March 15. He has been sidelined with inflammation in his right elbow.
The Rangers said Tommy Hunter will start the season on the disabled list and remain in Surprise. He has been sidelined with a strained oblique muscle in his left ribcage and has not yet resumed throwing.