Kinsler set to return; Rangers unsure on Napoli

Kinsler set to return; Rangers unsure on Napoli

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler is expected to be back in the lineup on Wednesday, but the Rangers still aren't sure when catcher Mike Napoli will be ready.

Kinsler, who took batting practice on Tuesday, has been out of the lineup for three straight games with stiffness in his lower back.

"We just want to make sure it doesn't become chronic," Kinsler said. "There's no point in rushing anything."

Napoli has now missed four straight games with a strained left groin muscle. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Napoli has some lingering tightness and will likely be used at designated hitter in a game before he goes back to catching.

"He's going to hit and throw and then we'll work him back into catching drills," Levine said.

Napoli has played in just four of the Rangers' first 10 games and is 3-for-6 at the plate. Kinsler has played in five games and is 3-for-14.