Texas Rangers LHP Michael Kirkman said Sunday that his placement on the disabled list with a recurrence of cutaneous lymphoma, essentially skin cancer, on his right arm will give him an “opportunity.”

An opportunity to heal both his body and his mind.

While the treatment for the condition will be minimally invasive and not require him to take time away from baseball workouts, he will take some time off to refresh his mind after a rough start to the season that only got rougher when he found out that a small mole near where his first lymphoma was found in 2012 was cancerous.

“I want to say that ‘no, this hasn’t been on my mind,’ but it is has,” said Kirkman, who has an 8.18 ERA this season in 25 appearances. “This gives me an opportunity to step back and refresh myself and get back to it in a couple of weeks. It’s a great opportunity given to me by the Rangers.”

Kirkman is expected to receive IV medication and radiation to treat the lymphoma. There is no specific timetable for his return.

By putting Kirkman on the DL, the Rangers can hold on to him. In order to have removed him from the roster if healthy, the Rangers would have had to put him on waivers and the club is relatively certain somebody would have claimed the 26-year-old power lefty even with his career-long command issues.

To replace Kirkman, the Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Kyle McClellan, who had allowed two earned runs in nine innings in the minors, after dealing with residual soreness during spring training from a pair of 2012 arm issues. His return was later delayed by a strained lat muscle.