Conditions not cooperating for Kinsler

Conditions not cooperating for Kinsler

NEW YORK -- Cold and damp weather in New York is not helping second baseman Ian Kinsler, who is sidelined with a sprained right ankle. The Rangers aren't eager for him to test his ankle by running full speed in this weather.

Kinsler is taking batting practice, playing catch, fielding some ground balls and doing some agility drills. But he has not run the basepaths, done any stopping, starting or acceleration, and really hasn't tested the ankle with serious cutting in different directions.

"Hopefully the weather is good in Boston and we can get on the field and do some things," manager Ron Washington said.

Kinsler had a suggestion how to test the ankle in Boston.

"Boston Marathon," he said.

The Rangers fly to Boston Sunday night. The marathon is Monday. Kinsler won't run in it and he won't be playing in a game anytime soon. He has been sidelined since March 12 and the ankle is still not close to 100 percent.

"I'm waiting to get over the hump, but it's stuck right now," Kinsler said.