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Kinsler works out before Monday's MRI

Kinsler works out before Monday's MRI

BALTIMORE -- Injured second baseman Ian Kinsler is still restricted from baseball activities pending a MRI on Monday in Texas. But Kinsler was on the field at Camden Yards on Friday, doing some stationary strengthening drills as manager Ron Washington watched.

Kinsler, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 29 (retroactive to July 28), fielded ground balls from a crouching position. The drills, Washington said, were to test the strength and agility in Kinsler's groins, legs, quadriceps and hamstrings.

"If he can make it through what we did out there with him today and he has no residual [soreness], I have to say when he gets his test ... he may be available to start doing [baseball] things," Washington said. "But he got through that today and he got through it extremely well. He didn't feel anything, so we'll wait to see how it is tomorrow."

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There is no timetable for Kinsler's return, with everything hinging on Monday's MRI, Washington said. Once he's cleared to resume baseball activities, Kinsler can begin running and swinging a bat again.

"Once we get him back to Texas ... and get another picture and see how things are, if everything's well, we can ramp him up and get it going," Washington said. "The stuff he did today, like I said, it was a good test. Hopefully, in the next couple of days, we can do it again."

First baseman Jorge Cantu, who has played second base for 218 of his 799 Major League games, also took some grounders at second before Friday's game.

"We just wanted to get a look at [Cantu] at second base. He's done it before," Washington said. "Just trying to see if we have another option. You never know what might happen."

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