Kinsler slides back up to leadoff spot

Kinsler slides back up to leadoff spot

Kinsler slides back up to leadoff spot
ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler was back in the leadoff spot after the Rangers activated outfielders Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz off the disabled list on Monday.

Kinsler had spent 13 games in the No. 3 spot after beginning the season as the leadoff hitter.

"When we had our whole team together, that's where he was, so I decided to drop him back in there," manager Ron Washington said.

Kinsler was hitting .223 with a .329 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage in the leadoff spot and .227 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .295 slugging percentage in the No. 3 spot.

"It doesn't matter," Kinsler said. "The only thing that matters is we're healthy. That's the most important thing."

Right up there in importance would be to get Kinsler on a roll offensively.

Overall, he entered Monday hitting .224 with a .330 on-base percentage and a .397 slugging percentage. Coming into the season, he had a career batting average of .281 with a .356 on-base percentage and a .412 slugging percentage.

"I feel fine," Kinsler said. "It's just one of those things you go through. Hopefully in September everybody will have forgotten about me and what happened at the beginning of the season. It's how you finish. I understand that and I'm going to keep grinding."'

Kinsler, despite his struggles, still went into Monday's game leading the Rangers with 27 runs scored and 24 walks.