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2B Ian Kinsler fields grounders

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, out since May 18 with a fractured rib, fielded grounders before Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians and did not report any problems.

"I'm going to see how it reacts and make sure," Kinsler said. "No setbacks."

Kinsler is targeting his return to the lineup for next week, toward the end of the Rangers' 11-game homestand that started Monday.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said his hope is that Kinsler can go through the same regiment as he did Monday, which also included swinging off a tee, again Tuesday.

"We wanted to give him every chance to and every movement that would maybe aggravate that area," Washington said. "He went through it really smoothly and got it done. Tomorrow we'll continue to ramp it up if he's ready."

Washington has said that depending on Kinsler's progress, he'll know in three or four days what the timetable might look like for the return of his leadoff hitter. Kinsler will go on a short rehab assignment before being activated.

Kinsler was initially injured when he was hit on a throw on a steal attempt against Houston last month, and he tweaked the injury when he flinched as he was hit by a pitch from Detroit's Justin Verlander a few days later. He appeared as a pinch-runner the next day before going on the 15-day disabled list.

Kinsler is hitting .302 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs.

Todd Wills is a contributor for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.