As his struggle at the plate only continues to mount, the Rangers may soon be facing a difficult lineup decision with 2B Ian Kinsler. Kinsler has already been dropped from first in the lineup to third with the hope that his style would be more productive there with Josh Hamilton out. That has not happened. Kinsler entered Saturday's game hitting .243 in the No. 3 spot. He snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a single in the sixth in the Rangers' loss. Hamilton is expected to return from the DL Monday. Also returning is likely No. 6 hitter Nelson Cruz. It may mean the Rangers will either have to give Kinsler another shot at the top of the lineup or move him to the bottom third. Kinsler has hit lower than sixth just once since the start of the 2008 season. "I've played that scenario out," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "But I think for right now, I'll just wait and see. It's going to be great having Josh and Cruz back out there. Whatever lineup I put out there, I think is going to do a great job."
Rangers could demote Ian Kinsler down to depths of lineup
Dallas Morning News | May 22