Notes: Kinsler out a couple of games
Rangers hope injured second baseman won't need DL stint
BOSTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler underwent treatment for a sprained left foot on Friday and reported some improvement, but he is not expected to play for at least the next couple of games.The Rangers are hoping that Kinsler will be able to return to the lineup before they leave Boston. If not, they may consider using the disabled list. "It shouldn't be too long," Kinsler said. "I'm hoping it won't be too long. We did treatment when I got to the ballpark and it felt better than when I left the hotel." Kinsler hurt the foot on a swing-and-miss during a first-inning at-bat in Thursday's game against the Tigers. The Rangers will give him Friday and Saturday off, then see where he is on Sunday. Kinsler left Detroit on crutches, but he was walking around without them before Friday's game at Fenway Park. "I didn't feel anything after the swing," Kinsler said. "But I felt it after I ran out to my position, and it got progressively worse as the game went on." Jerry Hairston started at second base on Friday night, with Ramon Vazquez at third base and Brad Wilkerson at first base. With first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Hank Blalock on the disabled list, shortstop Michael Young is the only player still standing from the Opening Day infield. "Yeah, that's very strange," Young said. "For the most part I've been playing with the same guys for the past four or five years, so it's definitely odd not having those guys. But I trust the guys they put out there. They'll be fine." Cat and the Wall: The Red Sox have had many great left-handed hitters who learned to take advantage of the close Green Monster wall in left field. Wade Boggs was a classic example of a left-handed hitter who fattened his batting average peppering pitches off the Green Monster. Frank Catalanotto has found that out, too. He took a career .311 average at Fenway Park into Friday's game, but he was hitting .409 in his last 11 games here as he learned to go the other way and use the Green Monster more. He's hoping four games at Fenway will help him get back in that mode. "That's something I really want to stress here, especially in batting practice," Catalanotto said. "One of my bread-and-butter hits is the ball that goes over the shortstop and in front of the left fielder. I haven't had that all year. I'm hoping with four games in Fenway, I'll be able to shoot it that way more and have a better thought process." Laird, Eyre watch: Gerald Laird was out of the lineup on Friday, but manager Ron Washington said it was a planned day off. He said it had nothing to do with the foul ball that Laird took off his right knee in Thursday's game in Detroit. "We tried to snatch him out of yesterday's game, and he wasn't coming out," Washington said. "That's part of the hazards of catching. If we took a catcher out every time he got banged up, we would never have a catcher. He'll be ready tomorrow." Willie Eyre's hand is also getting better, and he could be available in the next day or so. Eyre took a line drive off his right hand in his start on Tuesday against the Tigers. But most of the swelling has gone, and the stitch marks from the baseball are starting to fade. "I could throw today, but they probably won't let me," Eyre said. "But I'm ready to pitch every day." Gonzalez to be honored: Former Rangers outfielder Juan Gonzalez is among those who are a part of the 2008 class of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame, and he will be inducted on Nov. 9 in Houston. Others include Astros manager Phil Garner, former Astros outfielder Cesar Cedeno, Beaumont native Frank Robinson, former Negro League star Willie Wells and Austin native Don Baylor. He said it: "This was my most favorite place growing up. I thought I was going to watch a game here before I played in one, but I'll take it." -- rookie third baseman Travis Metcalf, on his first visit to Fenway Park Thursday's Minor stars:
Gold: Class A Bakersfield third baseman Chris Davis was 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in a 7-6 victory over Modesto. Davis has four home runs and 17 RBIs in his last four games, and he has an 18-game hitting streak. Silver: Double-A Frisco pitcher Armando Galarraga beat Arkansas, 4-1, by holding them to one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts in six innings. He did not walk a batter and is now 6-4 with a 5.10 ERA. Bronze: Class A Clinton pitcher Zachary Phillips allowed one run on five hits with eight strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over Quad Cities. He is 8-2 with a 2.53 ERA on the season. Briefly: Pitcher Edinson Volquez has been activated off the disabled list from a blister injury at Frisco. ... Frisco manager Dave Anderson has been traded from the World team to the U.S. team for the All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco. Up next: Right-hander Robinson Tejeda pitches against Boston right-hander Josh Beckett at 6:05 p.m. CT on Saturday in the Rangers' second game of a four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.