Rangers place Kinsler on DL

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The Texas Rangers placed All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin among several roster moves made by the club on Thursday.

The move is retroactive to July 28.

Kinsler has put up good numbers despite opening the season on the DL with a high right ankle sprain. Over 76 games, he is hitting .298 with six homers and 38 runs batted in to go with a .387 on-base percentage. Kinsler will be eligible to come off the DL on August 12.

To take Kinsler's roster spot, the Rangers purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland from Triple-A Oklahoma City. The 24-year-old has hit 12 home runs and knocked in 65 runs while batting .289 with the minor league club this season.

In order to get Moreland on the 40-man roster, Texas transferred right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe from the 15-day to the 60-day DL. Lowe was part of a July 9 deal that brought lefty Cliff Lee to the Rangers from Seattle.

Lowe, who was placed on the DL with lower back inflammation on May 3, is 1-3 with a 3.48 earned run average in 11 relief outings this year, all with the Mariners.


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