SEATTLE -- Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler watched early batting practice on Tuesday, but was not able to take part in any baseball activities.
"He was supporting everyone," manager Ron Washington said. "He just didn't have his pom-poms."
Kinsler said he isn't sure when he will be able to get back on the field to take grounders or in the batting cages to take some swings.
"I'll get out there when they tell me I can," Kinsler said. "I hope to be out there soon."
Kinsler is still working out, just doing so with his upper body. (And his mind, too, as he beat Cliff Lee in a game of chess on Tuesday).
Kinsler said he expects to get another MRI when the club returns from this road trip. At that point, he would be four days from being eligible to return from the disabled list.
"I still expect to be back," said Kinsler when asked if he thought he'd return as soon as he was eligible. "If not, than I'll adjust."
Kinsler said he would prefer not to go out on a rehab assignment, saying he doesn't need it. He feels if he gets some time in the cages and on the field taking grounders that he'll be ready to go.
* Washington said he will give Vladimir Guerrero the day off Sunday in Oakland and make Michael Young the DH, just like he's doing tonight. He has Jorge Cantu at third base tonight (and was working with him during BP on Tuesday), but said he hasn't decided whether to go with Cantu on Sunday in Oakland or put Andres Blanco at third.
"I want to make sure we keep Vlad fresh," Washington said.
* Washington worked with Cristian Guzman during early BP on Tuesday. "I don't want him taking as many hits," Washington said. "We worked on getting clear of the bag and on his footwork. He's a natural short stop, not second baseman, so it's just working on some things there."
* C Matt Treanor threw on Tuesday as he is at the very beginnings of baseball activity. He was also in the gym working out. "He's further along than we expected," Washington said. The manager said the club doesn't have a timeframe yet for Treanor's return from the DL with a right knee PCL strain, but said Treanor returning on the first day he's eligible -- Sunday -- was a "longshot."
* The Rangers-Yankees game on Wednesday, Aug. 11, will be on ESPN nationally. The game will be blacked out locally, but can be seen on FSSW.