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08/19/10 6:45 PM ET

With neck pain gone, Young returns

BALTIMORE -- Michael Young's pain in the neck is no longer a concern to the Rangers, who welcomed their third baseman back to the starting lineup for Thursday's opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards.

"Woke up feeling good today," said Young, who left Monday's game vs. the Rays after seven innings and has missed the past two games. "Honestly, I feel much better. ... It's not an issue at all."

Young received a variety of treatments over the past two days -- including electrical stimulation, heat and ice -- in an effort to work out the neck stiffness.

"I knew it wasn't going to keep me out for long, it was just a matter of getting it loose enough," Young said. "I don't care if it hurts -- I just want it to be loose enough so I can move around. ... Once I woke up this morning, I knew it was fine."

Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted that the two days off could pay benefits down the line for Young, a notorious workhorse who doesn't like to come out of the lineup.

"When you really look at it, he needed the two days off. We only wanted to give him the one [and] he got two," Washington said. "It was magic in disguise. He's ready to go."

After being forced to watch from the sidelines for two days, Young was champing at the bit to play again.

"I knew it wouldn't take long," he said. "I anticipated it would be one or two games. It was two games, and I knew I'd be back in the lineup soon."

Kinsler to undergo MRI on Monday

BALTIMORE -- Don't expect to see second baseman Ian Kinsler participating in baseball activities this weekend in Baltimore.

Kinsler, who is on the disabled list because of a right groin strain, is restricted to cardiovascular conditioning until he undergoes an MRI, scheduled for Monday in Texas.

"We'll see where I'm at, go from there," Kinsler said on Thursday afternoon. "Hopefully by then, I should be able to hit."

Until then, Kinsler can get his heart pumping but nothing more. He went on the DL on July 29.

"He hasn't done any baseball stuff yet," manager Ron Washington said. "Hopefully, we're getting close to doing that."

Harden's next start -- rehab or bigs -- TBD

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Rich Harden, who has been out since Aug. 8 with right shoulder tendinitis, threw six innings in a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. He worked six innings, allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out 10 against Reno.

"He threw his fastball down in the zone, had a good changeup, threw some good sliders. ... That's a Rich Harden type of game," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

Washington wouldn't say whether Harden, who was placed on the disabled list on Sunday and is eligible to return Monday, would need another Minor League start. The Rangers have yet to announce a starter for Monday's home game against Minnesota.

"It's nothing I want to talk about right now," Washington said. "We're still in the process of processing it. I think in the next day or so we'll have a decision."

Injured catcher Matt Treanor made his second rehabilitation appearance for Oklahoma City on Wednesday and caught seven innings. Treanor was placed on the 15-day DL on July 24 with a strained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

"He's going to catch nine [innings] and see if we can get him nine back-to-back [this weekend]," Washington said of Treanor. "If we get him nine back-to-back and everything is fine, then we've got a decision to make. But we've got to get him nine back-to-back."

Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.