Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler could begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week after an MRI exam showed his strained left groin was improving.
    The team said Tuesday that Kinsler will start hitting in the cage for the first time since going on the disabled list July 28. The two-time All-Star had already resumed light baseball activities.
    Kinsler started the season on the DL and missed the first 22 games after spraining his ankle during spring training. He is hitting .298 with six home runs and 38 RBIs in 76 games.
    The Rangers traded for Cristian Guzman to help fill the void, but Guzman is now on the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.