ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said he is 100 percent. He is hoping that an MRI exam on Tuesday will confirm that, and he can immediately begin a medical rehabilitation assignment. "I feel 100 percent, I just want to be cleared," Kinsler said. "Hopefully I can get the MRI and leave tomorrow. There is no point in sticking around." Kinsler has been sidelined since July 29 with a strained left groin muscle, and the Rangers are hoping he'll be ready by the beginning of September, if not earlier.
Cristian Guzman, who was acquired from the Nationals right before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, is also close to going out on a rehab assignment this week. Guzman was the Rangers' starting second baseman in Kinsler's absence, but has been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a strained right quad muscle. Guzman is 3-for-34 since being acquired from the Nationals. Andres Blanco was back at second base for the Rangers on Monday.