Kinsler won't return on current homestand

Kinsler won't return on current homestand

ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted Wednesday that second baseman Ian Kinsler will not be ready before the end of the current homestand.

Kinsler opened the season on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle and there is no indication that he will be ready anytime soon. The Rangers' current homestand ends on Sunday after a three-game series with the Mariners, and Kinsler won't be close to being ready by then.

"It would take a miracle," Washington said. "We're going to go a day at a time. We certainly can't stand here and say when."

Kinsler injured the ankle on March 12 during pregame warmups before a Cactus League contest in Arizona. That was four weeks ago. On Wednesday, he took batting practice and played some catch but is still not doing any full-scale running, fielding or agility drills.

"I thought it would be three or four days and it's been three or four weeks," Kinsler said.

Kinsler will likely need at least three to four games on medical rehabilitation assignment before he is ready to be activated, and he's not going to do that until he starts running full speed.