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May 25, 2006

Kinsler Returns, Brown Out

Texas activated 2B IAN KINSLER from the 15-day Disabled List and designated OF ADRIAN BROWN for assignment.

Kinsler returns from an involuntary six-week vacation stemming from a thumb-first slide into second base. The question is what to do with Mark Derosa’s nifty Michael Young impersonation (.338/.407/.600). Yes, Derosa can sub at any other infield spot, but Blalock, Young and Teixeira would rather fight than sit. Likewise, he doesn’t make a quality substitute for Kevin Mench since both specialize in bashing lefties.

Brown’s departure leaves Texas without a top notch backup in center or speedy pinch-runner. If or when the Rangers decide to promote new outfielder Freddy Guzman, candidates for dismissal include D’Angelo Jimenez and recently semi-demoted Phil Nevin.

Posted by Lucas at May 25, 2006 06:30 PM