04/05/10 5:24 PM ET
Young starts in ninth straight opener
Rangers' outfield lineups have varied in past decade
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Greenberg group takes in Opening Day
ARLINGTON -- Chuck Greenberg is not the Rangers' owner yet. His group of 12 investors has not completed its purchase of the Rangers from current owner Tom Hicks.But Greenberg was able to enjoy the Opening Day festivities and said most of his group was also in attendance for Monday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. "It's great," said Greenberg, who was wearing a new pair of black cowboy boots given to him by club president Nolan Ryan. "Opening Day is the best day of the year, and the long winter makes it even more so. I think I slept about an hour and a half last night. I couldn't wait for the bell to ring and get rolling." Greenberg's group reached an agreement with Hicks on Jan. 23 to buy the team. Greenberg said he still expects the sale to be completed the week of April 19. "It's not a matter of if, but when," Greenberg said. "It would have been nice to have it done, but it's not a matter of what might have been, but what will be. It's a long process and another few weeks won't matter."
Kinsler swings bat, but return uncertain
ARLINGTON -- Ian Kinsler swung a bat on Monday after taking three days off.That was it. He did not run, take ground balls or make any sharp lateral movements. He was at the Ballpark in Arlington to be a part of the Opening Day ceremonies, but he is also on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. He is not close to being ready to play. "It's not difficult, but it's pretty frustrating," Kinsler said. "I want to be a part of it. It will be pretty awkward standing with the relievers. I'll try to be the biggest cheerleader on the bench." That's about all he will be able to do for the time being. It appears that Kinsler will be out for longer than just the first few games to start the season. He will need at least several games on medical rehabilitation assignment before he's ready to rejoin the Rangers, and that's not going to happen anytime soon. Kinsler, at the earliest, won't play until sometime on the upcoming nine-game road trip to Cleveland, New York and Boston. "I'm feeling a lot better today and I was feeling a lot better yesterday," Kinsler said. "Hopefully it will clear up in the next week and I can start playing baseball again. Any injury you don't want to linger into the season but it's a pretty big deal when you're talking about an ankle."
Arias, Murphy to be in starting lineup
Manager Ron Washington said Joaquin Arias will start at second base on Wednesday. Andres Blanco was the starting second baseman on Opening Day, and Washington said he'll use both of them until regular second baseman Ian Kinsler is ready. Washington said David Murphy will likely get at least one start in the outfield against the Blue Jays. He's not sure if it will be Wednesday or Thursday. Murphy has the fourth-most games of any Rangers player over the past three seasons but has not been in the lineup in each of the last two Opening Days.
Veteran catcher earns praise from general manager
ARLINGTON -- After two years at Triple-A Oklahoma City, the Rangers have assigned veteran catcher Kevin Richardson to Double-A Frisco to start the season. General manager Jon Daniels said it's because the Rangers think highly of Richardson's ability to handle a pitching staff, and Frisco will have some of their top young pitchers including Tanner Scheppers, Blake Beavan, Kasey Kiker, Alexi Ogando, Evan Reed and Ben Snyder."It's not a demotion," Daniels said. "If anything we're asking more of him. He's very much on the radar."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.