MLB Notebook: Rangers lose Kinsler, activate Francisco

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Texas placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Kinsler missed five consecutive starts and said before the game that the injury hadn't improved, but hadn't gotten worse either.

Then, 10 minutes before the game's first pitch against Seattle, the team announced that Kinsler was headed to the DL retroactive to July 29.

The Rangers also activated reliever Frank Francisco from the 15-day DL. Francisco is recovering from the flu and a mild case of pneumonia, and manager Ron Washington said the right-hander won't reclaim his role as Texas' closer right away.


Third baseman Scott Rolen was left with just a knot on his head but no other problems after leaving his second game with Cincinnati in the seventh when he was struck on his batting helmet by a pitch from Colorado's Jason Marquis. "I'm pretty good," Rolen said after the game. "I was a little dizzy. It stunned me, but I could still cuss. I'm working on my on-base percentage, but I still haven't touched first base. I haven't met [first base coach] Billy Hatcher yet."


Gary Sheffield was activated from the disabled list but the Mets outfielder was left out of the starting lineup against Arizona right-hander Jon Garland. New York manager Jerry Manuel said Sheffield would be his top pinch hitter off the bench. "I like Gary in those night games," Manuel said. "He's still our leading home run hitter, so we've got to get him in there."


Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart was scheduled to undergo an appendectomy. The Brewers said Hart will go on the 15-day disabled list and be replaced by Bill Hall, who will be recalled from Class AAA Nashville. Hart complained of stomach and side pains Saturday night after he went hitless for the Padres. When Hart came to Petco Park yesterday, the pain persisted and he was examined by a doctor.


Disgruntled third baseman Melvin Mora lashed out at Baltimore manager Dave Trembley after being benched for the third time in four games. "I don't appreciate the disrespect, because I've been playing hurt for a guy who won't respect you. I don't deserve it," the 37-year-old Mora said. "I need to have my respect. This is not a guy who just came to the Orioles. This is a guy who's been here for nine years."


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