Kinsler ready to go after sitting with virus

Kinsler ready to go after sitting with virus

ARLINGTON -- After being scratched from the lineup shortly before Wednesday's game against the Athletics with a stomach virus, Ian Kinsler rejoined the Rangers' lineup on Thursday.

Like he normally does, Kinsler batted leadoff and returned to second base. Alberto Gonzalez filled in for Kinsler at second base during Wednesday's 4-1 victory over the Athletics, his third straight start and batted second. Elvis Andrus took over for Kinsler in the leadoff spot of the order for the second time this season.

"I was sick," Kinsler said. "I couldn't play."

Kinsler, who leads the Major Leagues with 33 runs, is batting .222 with three RBIs in his last 13 games. The Rangers are 16-8 when Kinsler scores a run, and 8-6 when he doesn't.

"He's fine," said manager Ron Washington after Wednesday night's game. "By the time we got to the fourth inning, he was ready to go. But it was too late."