Rangers welcome Ian Kinsler off DL
Kinsler, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained left groin on July 29, will be available to pinch hit against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night as the Rangers finish a three-game series. He is batting .298 with six homers and 38 RBIs this season.
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The Rangers also activated infielder Cristian Guzman (strained quad) from the disabled list, recalled reliever Pedro Strop from Triple-A Oklahoma City and officially added outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the active roster.
Francoeur, who joined the Rangers in Kansas City on Wednsday, was acquired in a trade with the New York Mets on Tuesday.
Kinsler's return means the Rangers get a productive right-handed bat in the lineup and one that can hit left-handed pitching. At the time Kinsler was put on the DL -- the sixth stint of his five-year career -- he had the league's third-best average against left-handed pitchers at .403.