5/29/2013 11:42 P.M. ET
Stress reaction delaying Kinsler's return to lineup
By T.R. Sullivan and Master Tesfatsion / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Second baseman Ian Kinsler was hoping he would need just the minimum of 15 days on the disabled list to recover from a bruised right ribcage. That is not going to be the case.
Kinsler, who is eligible to be activated Sunday, had an MRI earlier this week and the results showed a stress reaction in the ribcage. That is similar but not quite as serious as a stress fracture.
The bottom line is that Kinsler is going to need at least two more weeks and maybe longer before he is ready to return. A medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minor Leagues will also likely be needed, because Kinsler, who hasn't played since May 17, isn't able to do any baseball activities.
"This is just something that has materialized over a period of time," general manager Jon Daniels said.
Kinsler, a three-time All-Star, was hitting .302 with 24 runs scored, seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 40 games before going down with the injury. Elvis Andrus has been handling the leadoff spot while Jurickson Profar and Leury Garcia have been splitting time at second base.
"We miss Kinsler a lot," manager Ron Washington said. "We miss his presence and what he brings to our offense. You have to give credit to Profar and Leury. They've done a good job. We're still winning ballgames, but of course, we miss Kinsler."
Profar started at second base on Wednesday. It's the seventh time he's started in the last nine games, including six times at second base. He also made one start at shortstop when Andrus was given a day off on Sunday in Seattle.
Washington said Profar and Garcia will continue to share the position, but Washington admitted Profar will likely get more playing time than Garcia.
"The time won't be split evenly, but they are both going to play," Washington said. "I have to try and keep Leury involved."
Lewis has another setback in rehab program
ARLINGTON -- Picher Colby Lewis had another setback on his road back with the Rangers and has been recalled from his medical rehabilitation assignment.
Lewis is dealing with muscular soreness in the back of his right elbow, and general manager Jon Daniels said it will be at least two weeks before Lewis will be able to pitch in a game.
Lewis really felt the problem in his Saturday start in Memphis for Triple-A Round Rock. He pitched four innings and allowed three runs on six hits. The elbow was fine once he loosened up, but the soreness returned after the game.
"It's just pressure," Lewis said. "It's not a sharp pain. It's just a dull achiness that comes on and gets worse the more I throw."
It's the second time Lewis has dealt with muscular soreness in the elbow. He was shut down for a week after his first start on May 9 because of biceps tendinitis. Lewis said the soreness has moved to the inside of his triceps this time. He has received a platelet rich plasma shot in the elbow to help deal with the inflammation and speed up the healing process.
Daniels said the soreness is not related to the surgically repaired flexor tendon in the same elbow.
"He shouldn't be down long, but these are kind of the similar ups and downs of getting started," Daniels said. "It's like he's in Spring Training mode now having some issues getting going. I think we all know Colby. If he can go, he'll go."
Lewis said he went six months without touching a baseball after surgery. During a typically offseason, Lewis said he'd take about six weeks off and play catch to prepare for Spring Training. Lewis said he's frustrated with the recovery process and doesn't want to sit around in the clubhouse.
"I've always wanted to go out there and do what I can to help us win," Lewis said. "I felt like I was on the way, especially coming out of Surprise and starting all my rehab starts. It's slowly gotten worse. We need to step back from it and give it a little rest and go from there."
Ogando gets rehab start; Perez to return
ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando, who is on the disabled list with triceps tendinitis, has been scheduled to start and throw five innings and 75 pitches on Friday for Double-A Frisco on medical rehabilitation assignment.
If all goes well, Ogando will rejoin the rotation on June 7 against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Until then, Martin Perez will continue to fill the fifth spot in the rotation and pitch Saturday against the Royals.
Ogando has thrown twice in the bullpen and has had no problems. He threw on Monday in Arizona and again on Wednesday at the Ballpark in Arlington.
"I feel good," Ogando said. "There is no soreness at all. They just want to make sure."
The Rangers were planning to start Martin Perez on Saturday to fill Ogando's spot. But that plan was scuttled when Wednesday's game with the D-backs was postponed because of wet field conditions. The Rangers are simply moving Justin Grimm, Derek Holland and Nick Tepesch back one day. Grimm pitches on Thursday against the Diamondbacks while Holland pitches Friday and Tepesch pitches Saturday against the Royals. Perez will remain with Triple-A Round Rock for the time being.
"He'll just have to wait for another opportunity," Washington said.
Darvish gets extra rest before making next start
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers, because of Monday's doubleheader and Tuesday's off-day, had the option of bringing back Yu Darvish either Saturday or Sunday. They chose to bring him back on Sunday and give him an extra day of rest. He will be pitching on five days' rest instead of the normal four.
"We just wanted to give Darvish an extra day," manager Ron Washington said. "Anytime we can give him an extra day, we're going to do it."
The Rangers are also off on Monday. That means Darvish will get another start on five days' rest before pitching against the Blue Jays on June 8 in Toronto. Darvish is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 13 career starts when pitching on five days' rest over his two seasons in the Majors.
Darvish started Game 2 of the doubleheader on Monday and was not involved in the decision as the Rangers lost, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Darvish went 7 2/3 innings and had a 4-2 lead before giving up a game-tying two-run home run to Didi Gregorius with two outs in the eighth.
Darvish struck out 14 and did not walk a batter. Since 2006, Darvish is the 10th pitcher to strike out 14 in a game and not walk a batter, but it's only the second time it was done in a losing effort.
Darvish is also the 10th American League pitcher since 1916 to have at least three 14-strikeout games in one season. The last to do it was Pedro Martinez in 1999-2000. Nolan Ryan had six such seasons, Randy Johnson did it four times, Roger Clemens three times and Sam McDowell twice. Herb Score, Mickey Lolich, Frank Tanana and Mark Langston did it once.
• The Rangers' game with the Cardinals on Sunday, June 23, has been changed from 1:15 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. CT because it will air on ESPN.
• The Rangers have placed pitcher Victor Payano on the disabled list with a strained right calf muscle at Class-A Hickory. Payano, who is 4-3 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts, is expected to miss only one or two starts.
• Reliever Joakim Soria is expected to resume throwing off a mound this weekend in Surprise, Ariz. Soria is 14 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery, but his comeback was delayed when he strained a muscle in his right shoulder. That has delayed his return until at least July.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.