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July 29, 2010

Source: Ian Kinsler headed to DL, Mitch Moreland coming up

Second baseman Ian Kinsler will be placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a strained left groin that isn't considered serious but needs to be rested and treated for the stretch run and possible run into the postseason, a major-league source said.

Mitch Moreland, who has been playing first base at Triple A Oklahoma City, will have his contract purchased and be in Arlington tonight for the series finale against second-place Oakland. He will need to be added to the 40-man roster, which the Rangers can accomplish by moving Mark Lowe to the 60-man disabled list. Lowe, the former UT-Arlington star, was acquired in the Cliff Lee deal despite being out with a back injury.

Kinsler did not play Tuesday and expressed a desire to continue playing with the injury, a source said. The Rangers do not feel a sense of urgency to acquire a second baseman before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline, but it is a consideration.

That would seem to make Baltimore's Ty Wigginton a more attractive trade target than Florida's Jorge Cantu. Both have played second base in their careers, but Wigginton has been there 37 times this season. He also is a right-handed hitter who can play first base. So is Cantu, but he hasn't played second base with any regularity since he logged 103 games there for Tampa Bay in 2006.

Moreland has been playing first base the past two weeks as the Rangers addressed their lack of depth there after trading Justin Smoak. He has a .289 overall average and his hitting .316 in his past 10 games with three homers and eight RBIs.

-- Jeff Wilson


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