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08/31/08 3:19 PM ET
Murphy, Kinsler not hanging cleats yet
Rangers sluggers to meet with doctor to determine next step
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler and outfielder David Murphy are expected to meet with Rangers team doctor Keith Meister in the next few days, and they could get an indication if they'll play again this year at that time. Murphy is on the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right knee, but he also has a bone bruise that is causing some pain and swelling. Murphy tested his knee with some extensive running drills last week in Kansas City, and the result was increased pain and swelling that caused him to back off. Murphy said he could play with some pain. The bigger concern is if playing with the pain will cause the injury to get worse. "I've taken enough batting practice where I feel confident enough to go up against live pitching, and I've taken enough fly balls in Kansas City where that shouldn't be a problem," Murphy said. "Running the bases might be a problem because I'm not 100 percent, but I can play through some discomfort. But I want to hear what the doctor says." Murphy, who went on the disabled list Aug.7, said he's not at the point where he will shut it down and start getting ready for next year. "It's way too early to shut it down," Murphy said. "Even if I can play the last week or the last two weeks, I'll do it. I don't want to sit on the bench." Kinsler is on the disabled list with a hernia, and he has only done light workouts while on the road with the Rangers. He wants to start doing more. "I think it's time to push it and see what I can do," Kinsler said. Season-ending surgery is still a possibility, but Kinsler said he wants to give it at least another week to see how much progress he's making. If there hasn't been any progress, surgery would be likely. "But if in a week or so, if I'm still making progress and the doctor doesn't think I need surgery, then maybe we'll wait another week or so," Kinsler said. "I just want to keep progressing."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.