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Kinsler tests out injured right ankle

Kinsler tests out injured right ankle

BOSTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler, on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, went through his most extensive workout yet on Tuesday without any problems and could be close to going on a medical rehabilitation assignment.

Kinsler took ground balls and turned double plays at second base and did some medium-to-heavy running in the outfield. There are just a few more tests the Rangers want to see before pronouncing Kinsler ready for a rehab assignment.

No. 1 is they want to see how the ankle feels Wednesday after Tuesday's heavy workout.

"Tomorrow is going to be a key," manager Ron Washington said. "Before we go forward, we want to see how his recovery is tomorrow. The next few days will be heavy, so we'll see if he can take it all."

Kinsler's final step will be "explosive running," meaning breaking out of the batter's box or from a lead at first base and accelerating quickly. The Rangers also want to see how he reacts to stopping and starting again on the bases.

Once Kinsler's done all that, he'll be ready for a rehab assignment, and that is likely to happen at some point in the next few days, or at least by the weekend. Kinsler, who has been sidelined since March 12, wants to start the process in Arizona, where he can get multiple at-bats in a non-regulated extended spring training game.

"They won't be quality at-bats, but just getting back in the box, seeing pitches and feeling comfortable, that can be accelerated a lot faster in Arizona," Kinsler said.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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