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05/04/08 4:00 PM ET

Kinsler out of lineup for second day

Second baseman slowed by hamstring problems

OAKLAND -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday because of sore hamstring muscles.

The Rangers were hoping Kinsler would be ready to go on Sunday after sitting out Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Athletics. But once again he was a late scratch after being in the original lineup.

"It's just precautionary," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We don't want to run him out there and have something happen. We've got it covered. If it takes a couple of days, then it takes a couple of days."

The Rangers already have two infielders on the disabled list because of hamstring problems. Travis Metcalf had surgery on his hamstring in Spring Training, and Hank Blalock is sidelined with a partial tear of his left hamstring. The Rangers can't afford to lose Kinsler in any case.

"It's just that I need a couple of days," Kinsler said. "My legs are pretty sore, pretty tender. I want to make sure I don't end up like Hank. They have been bothering me for a while, and [Saturday] I woke up and they were pretty sore. I feel like I'll be ready to go [Monday]."

Kinsler sat out a game in Detroit 10 days ago to give his legs a rest.

"I've been putting a lot of mileage on them, going from first to third, stealing bases, playing defense and stuff," Kinsler said. "I expect my body to hold up, but right now I think it just needs a little rest."

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