ARLINGTON -- If the Rangers were in postseason play right now, second baseman Ian Kinsler would be in the lineup despite a strained left groin muscle.
But the Rangers still have 50 games to play and Kinsler is going to be on the disabled list for awhile longer. He could be there until the rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Kinsler underwent an MRI on Tuesday and the results showed he still had some inflammation in the groin area. Kinsler also tested the injury with some light jogging and still felt some discomfort.
Kinsler, who was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday, is reporting significant improvement and will begin to do more baseball activities. But he is probably at least a week away from resuming batting practice.
"If we were in the postseason, he could play," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But right now there are two-plus months to go, so we're going to treat it cautiously. We want to make sure it's 100 percent or as close to that as possible."
Kinsler, who could come off the disabled list as early as Friday, will also likely need a rehab assignment in the Minor Leagues. He hasn't played since July 27 against the Athletics.
"Realistically we're looking closer to the end of the month," Daniels said. "We can't rule out Sept. 1, but right now we're taking it step-by-step."