Kinsler out of Friday's lineup with bruised rib cage
Rangers second baseman aggravates existing condition during hit-by-pitch
ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler was out of the lineup on Friday night because of a bruised right rib cage. Kinsler said the issue was not the result of his awkward headfirst slide in the first inning of Thursday's 10-4 win over the Tigers.
"I came out of the slide perfectly fine, except with a bruised ego," Kinsler said.
Kinsler, who made a pinch-running appearance in the ninth inning of Friday's 2-1 loss, said he initially injured the ribs trying to steal second base during the Houston series last weekend. He was able to play through it, but aggravated it on Thursday, when he reacted to getting hit by a pitch from Justin Verlander.
"I flexed my core and strained it again," Kinsler said.
The Rangers don't expect Kinsler to miss much time. But this allows manager Ron Washington to give him a day off and start Leury Garcia at second base for the third time this season. It's the fifth time that Garcia has been in the lineup overall.
"This might be a blessing in disguise to give Kinsler a day off," Washington said. "This way I don't have to fight him."
Kinsler has been hit by a pitch in two straight games and 54 times in his career. That ties him with Rafael Palmeiro for the most in club history.
"I can't wait to celebrate that record," Kinsler said.
Lewis set for Monday rehab start after bullpen
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who has been sidelined with triceps tendinitis, threw approximately 35-38 pitches in a bullpen session without any problems and is scheduled to resume his medical rehabilitation assignment on Monday for Double-A Frisco.
"I felt all right," Lewis said. "I felt like I threw a bullpen. I felt fine."
Lewis is hoping to throw four innings and 60-65 pitches on Monday against Frisco. He'll likely get that start and two more. At that point, the Rangers will re-evaluate him to see if he's ready to return to the Major Leagues or needs more time on rehab assignment.
Lewis has not pitched in the Majors since July 18, 2012. He underwent surgery on July 27 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow and has been sidelined since. He made two starts in extended spring and began a medical rehabilitation assignment on May 9, pitching two innings for Triple-A Round Rock against Las Vegas.
Lewis' next outing was scheduled to be on Tuesday, but that has been delayed because of the triceps tendinitis. The Rangers recalled him from his rehab assignment while waiting for the inflammation to subside.
"I had this a little bit in 2010," Lewis said. "We got rid of it during the All-Star break and didn't miss a start. Hopefully this is the same situation."
Rangers gearing for showdown with Felix
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are expected to face Felix Hernandez during their three-game series with the Mariners next weekend in Seattle. Hernandez is scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Indians. That means his next start will be either next Friday or Saturday against the Rangers at Safeco Field.
The Mariners are off on Thursday, so it will all depend if manager Eric Wedge wants to to pitch Hernandez on his normal four days' rest or if he'll use the off-day to give all of Seattle's starters extra rest. Either way, the Rangers are likely to face Hernandez at some point during that series.
The Rangers already beat Hernandez in Seattle this season. He allowed four runs in six innings in a 4-3 loss on April 11. Justin Grimm opposed him in that game for the Rangers and could do so again this time around. Grimm is scheduled to pitch next Friday in Seattle if the Rangers stay on rotation. Derek Holland would pitch the Saturday game in Seattle.
Hernandez is 12-17 with a 3.77 ERA in 35 career starts against the Rangers. That's his most starts and most losses against any team.
Ogando is no stranger to biceps tendinitis
ARLINGTON -- Alexi Ogando, who was placed on the disabled list on Thursday because of biceps tendinitis, said he has had this problem before. Ogando said the recent flareup occurred during his six-inning outing on Wednesday against the Athletics.
"It's nothing major," Ogando said. "It's something I've felt off and on before. I should be back to normal soon. I would have been able to pitch, but we don't want it to get worse. We want it to get better. It's just one-two starts."
Ogando had an MRI and the results showed nothing more than inflammation. Josh Lindblom is expected to pitch for the Rangers on Monday against Oakland. Ogando is eligible to come off the disabled list on May 31, although the likely target date for his next start is June 2 against the Royals at Rangers Ballpark.
• Pitcher Brad Mills has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers have assigned pitcher Scott Richmond to Round Rock to replace him. Richmond, who once pitched for the Blue Jays, was signed as a free agent earlier this week. Mills is 5-0 with a 3.71 ERA in seven starts, but has been experiencing some tightness in his left elbow and the Rangers decided to give him some rest.
• Cory Burns pitched an inning in relief for the Rangers on Thursday after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. He is the first reliever used by the Rangers this season who was not on the Opening Day roster.
• Washington said Darvish is fine after throwing a career-high 130 pitches on Thursday against the Tigers. Said Washington, "He went through his normal routine ... stretching, massage, acupuncture ... he is ready to go."
• Darvish also threw 127 pitches against the Red Sox on May 2. He has the second and third highest pitch totals in a start by a Major Leaguer this year. Clayton Kershaw threw 132 pitches on Tuesday for the Dodgers against the Nationals.
• Mitch Moreland drove in three runs with two doubles on Thursday night. It's the 12th time he has driven in three or more runs in a game in his career. But it was only his second career three-RBI game without a home run.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.