Rangers' Ian Kinsler close to returning

Updated: August 27, 2010, 5:36 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is headed to Frisco on a rehab assignment starting Saturday and is expected to play around four games for the Double-A affiliate.

Barring setbacks, Kinsler should join the Rangers in time for Texas' series at Minnesota next weekend.

Kinsler, who was placed on the 15-day DL on July 29 with a left groin strain, said he has tried batting practice and cutting on the basepaths and feels good, adding that he will would test himself again Friday.

The All-Star second baseman is batting .298 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 76 games for the Rangers this season. He started the season on the disabled list.

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