ARLINGTON -- Dustin Nippert is scheduled to pitch one inning for Double-A Frisco on Friday night. Nippert has been on the disabled list with a head injury since July 20 after getting hit by a line drive in Detroit. He is scheduled to pitch one inning on Friday and two more on Sunday. The next step would be a 50-pitch outing at Triple-A Oklahoma City next week before joining the Rangers the following weekend in Minnesota. Second baseman Ian Kinsler, who has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a strained left groin, had another strenuous workout on Thursday, taking a number of ground balls from infield coach Dave Anderson. Kinsler is getting closer to going out on a rehab assignment, but the Rangers still want to put him through further tests.
The biggest is running the bases and all that entails. That includes cutting, rounding the bases, and stopping and starting. "We're going to work him through this week and then we'll make a decision by the weekend," manager Ron Washington said.