ARLINGTON -- Two of the most noticeable voids in the Rangers' lineup the second half of this season have been at second base and in left field, as Ian Kinsler and David Murphy have been confined to cheering from the dugout. A sports hernia injury ended Kinsler's season on Aug. 17, and a sprained knee ligament stemming from a collision at home plate has taken Murphy out of action since Aug. 6. With nothing to do but look ahead, Kinsler and Murphy are already thinking about what their offseason schedules will involve.
For Kinsler, an appearance in the World Baseball Classic is a strong possibility, and he doesn't foresee his sports hernia getting in the way if he's invited to play on the squad. "I'm ready to go by the time it starts anyway," Kinsler said. "I talk to [Michael Young] and he said if I get an opportunity, it's worth going to once." What could get in Kinsler's way is a World Baseball Classic rule that prohibits players who ended the season on the disabled list from playing in the Classic. In order to play, Kinsler said he would have to file an appeal. As for Murphy, he plans on changing up his usual offseason routine. In years past, he's taken October off, but with the two months' worth of rest thanks to his knee injury, he said he plans on working out three times a week when October rolls around. "Rather than considering it rehab, I'll consider it my offseason workouts," Murphy said. Of course, the fact that his knee hasn't responded the way he was hoping has him a little leery about how cooperative it will be when he begins his workout regimen. "I can't estimate how I'll feel because I couldn't estimate I'd feel like I do now back on August 7," he said. "I've never had too many injuries, but there's no way to estimate."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.