ARLINGTON -- Andres Blanco, with Ian Kinsler expected to be activated in the next few days, was in the lineup at second base on Monday for the fourth time in five days.Joaquin Arias is still hitting .341, but Blanco went into Monday's game with four hits in his last nine at-bats and three starts. The Rangers won all three games. Blanco started the season 0-for-9. "I've always liked what I've seen from Blanco," manager Ron Washington said. "I'm just trying to get him some playing time. He keeps playing great defense, he has a lot of energy and he's getting some hits." Blanco started rolling at the plate after beating out a bunt single with two outs and a runner on third base in the seventh inning of Thursday's 3-0 victory over the Red Sox. "I was struggling a little bit and I didn't have the confidence going up to the plate," Blanco said. "Runner on third ... I didn't want to be the last out. I thought, 'What's my best weapon ... bunt single.' The guy was playing behind the bag, I finally did it and we scored a run."
Kinsler, who has been sidelined since March 12 with a sprained right ankle, began his medical rehabilitation assignment on Monday night with Double-A Frisco. The plan was for him to play second base for nine innings and bat leadoff. The Rangers are hoping he will play three games at Frisco and be ready to be activated on Friday when they open a three-game series against the Mariners in Seattle.At that point, the Rangers will likely have to make a decision between Arias and Blanco as to who will remain behind as their utility infielder. The Rangers could keep both but that would mean dropping Ryan Garko, their backup first baseman. "Anything's possible but that's not something that has been discussed," Washington said.
McCarthy goes on the disabled list at OKC
ARLINGTON -- Pitcher Brandon McCarthy has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Oklahoma City with a possible stress fracture in his right shoulder blade. It is believed to be a similar injury to what put McCarthy on the disabled list with the Rangers in both 2007 and last season.McCarthy has been examined by Dr. Keith Meister and the Rangers do not believe the injury is as serious as in previous years. From the results of the MRI, the Rangers consider this to be "mild" and they are hoping he only misses just one turn in the rotation. He is 1-0 with a 2.51 ERA in four starts for the RedHawks.
Servais steps in while Moore is gone
ARLINGTON -- Rangers dugout coach Jackie Moore will be away from the team for an indefinite period due to the death of his daughter, Sherry Moore-Parker. She passed away on Sunday in Houston.Farm director Scott Servais will serve on manager Ron Washington's coaching staff while Moore is away. Hitting coach Clint Hurdle, who had six years of experience as the Rockies' manager, will do double duties as the bench coach while Servais serves in other areas. One of the most important roles for a bench coach is to serve as an in-game advisor/sounding board for the manager on potential strategy and possible moves.
Local cable network to broadcast games in Spanish
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have 43 games broadcast in Spanish on local Time Warner Cable systems. The games will be available on Time Warner in Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Wichita Falls and the Golden Triangle of Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange.The games will be broadcast on channel 889 (99 in Corpus Christi). Victor Villalba, who does Spanish play-by-play for the Cowboys and the Mavericks, will do so for the Rangers and former pitcher Jose Guzman will be the color analyst. The Dallas-Fort Worth area is the sixth largest Hispanic television market in the United States behind New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Miami. The broadcasts have the potential of reaching over one million customers. "To me, from a personal standpoint, this is a wonderful opportunity," Villalba said. "I'm very excited to be able to participate in Texas Rangers games. This is just a great way for people to watch the great game of baseball in a passionate language. It fits very well with the baseball experience. I'm thrilled by this particular opportunity." The first game will be Tuesday night against the White Sox.
Manager Ron Washington said he's planning to put Ian Kinsler back in the No. 5 spot in the order between Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz. That was the plan before he got hurt. Washington said he is planning to give Ryan Garko a start at first base on Tuesday against White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle. His .343 career batting average against the White Sox is ninth best among all active opponents with at least 100 at-bats against them. ... Justin Smoak is the first Rangers player to ever draw three walks in his first three Major League games.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.