Rehab Assignments for Kinsler, Nippert and Guzman; Francisco ready
2B Ian Kinsler will start a rehab assingment with the AA Frisco Rough Riders tomorrow. He will likely play four games with the ‘Riders and then will be activated in time to join the Rangers in Minnesota one week from tonight.
RHP Dustin Nippert and INF Cristian Guzman are also on rehab assignments with Frisco beginning tonight.
Also from the ballpark:
* Manager Ron Washington said Alex Cora will start at second base on Saturday and Sunday. Andres Blanco will get Saturday off and then start at shortstop on Sunday so Elvis Andrus can get a day off.
* Matt Treanor is starting at catcher on Friday and will start on Saturday with Rich Harden on the mound.
* Frank Francisco is available as a reliever after being down for a week with tightness in his right ribcage area. He threw in the bullpen on Thursday night and felt fine.
* Washington said he is keeping Josh Hamilton in the No. 3 spot in the lineup even after Kinsler returns from the disabled list.
* Nelson Cruz was 1-for-5 for Frisco on Thursday night. The plan is still to activate him off the disabled list on Monday.