KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers had two potentially dangerous pinch-hitters on their bench Wednesday night: All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder Josh Hamilton. Kinsler was activated off the disabled list after being out since July 29 with a strained left groin muscle, but manager Ron Washington wants to wait until Friday to get him back in the lineup. Kinsler was hitting third before going on the disabled list, but will bat sixth right now behind Nelson Cruz. Andres Blanco started at second for the 19th time in the past 20 games on Wednesday. He went into the game hitting .323 with seven doubles in his past 18 games.
"That's what he's there for," Kinsler said. "He's playing really well. He's held down the position well and done everything asked of him." Hamilton was given the night off after getting a lubricating injection to help the pain in his right knee. With the Rangers off on Thursday, Hamilton said he'll take the two days to rest and be ready to go on Friday. He was the Rangers' designated hitter on Monday and Tuesday before getting the injection after Tuesday's game. "It's helped some," Hamilton said. "It feels 40-50 percent better than it did. Over the next couple of days (the injection) will get a chance to get in there, settle down and make it better."