Ian Kinsler goes on paternity leave

Updated: June 9, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers placed Ian Kinsler on paternity leave after the second baseman's second child was born Wednesday afternoon.

Jack Jamisson Kinsler weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and mother and child are doing well.

The Rangers called up infielder Chris Davis from Triple-A Round Rock.

Under MLB's paternity leave rule, which went into effect this year, teams can call up a replacement for 24 to 72 hours.

The plan is for Kinsler to rejoin the team in Minnesota on Friday. The Rangers play the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night and start a road trip against the Twins on Thursday.

This is the second time the Rangers have used the new rule. Pitcher Colby Lewis, who's wife had a child in mid-April, was the first major leaguer to go on paternity leave.

"We have a fertile club," joked general manager Jon Daniels.

Kinsler had five hits in the first two games of the current three-game series against the Tigers. That came after he slumped on a seven-game road trip, going just 1-for-22.

He's hitting .235 with seven homers and 23 RBIs and was was third among AL second baseman in the most recent All-Star balloting.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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