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Ian Kinsler | Second Baseman | #3

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
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Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two total RBI and a steal in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.
Kinsler gave Mariners rookie starter Andrew Moore his first sting of the major league home run ball, cracking a solo shot off the right-hander in the third inning. The veteran second baseman has now homered in three consecutive games and has hit safely in nine of his last 10. In that 10-game space, seven of his 11 hits have gone for extra bases. Overall, Kinsler is hitting .254/.343/.420 with eight homers, 19 RBI and six steals in 57 games. A hamstring injury cost him about two weeks earlier this season, hence the slightly depressed number of games played. Jun 23 - 1:14 AM

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Ian Kinsler finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run, walk and two runs scored in Tuesday's game in Seattle.

Kinsler has been back to his normal hitting self since being activated from the 10-day disabled list two weeks ago. He has hit safely in 10 of his past 12 outings while hitting .300 (15-for-50) with four doubles, two homers and four RBI.
Jun 21 - 4:34 AM

Ian Kinsler finished 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and an RBI in Monday's loss in Seattle.

Kinsler's modest seven-game hitting streak was snapped on Sunday against the Rays, but he didn't waste any time getting back on track. The most promising stat of the night was his two walks, as he entered the game with just three free passes over his past 23 outings.
Jun 20 - 2:50 AM

Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch, singled, stole a base and scored twice in Thursday's win over the Rays.

Kinsler manufactured a run in the first inning, getting hit by an Alex Cobb offering and stealing second base before motoring around to score on a Victor Martinez RBI single. The steal was his third in five tries this year. The 34-year-old has begun to pick it up at the plate in recent days, scoring at least one run in seven of his last eight games while raising his line to .250/.338/.367.
Jun 16 - 12:48 AM

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 with a double, a steal and two runs scored Thursday against the Angels.

The steal was his second in 44 games this year. Apart from runs scored, Kinsler hasn't helped fantasy teams in any category this year. He's better than this, but he's not likely to go back to being a force in mixed leagues.
Jun 8 - 4:48 PM

Tigers activated 2B Ian Kinsler from the 10-day disabled list.

Kinsler is apparently ready to go without going out on a rehab assignment first. He initially injured his left hamstring over two weeks ago and initially tried to play through it before finally going on the DL. Kinsler is at second base and batting leadoff against Jesse Chavez and the Angels on Tuesday.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Chavez has a 4.41 SIERA this season (eighth-highest on tonight’s slate) through 11 starts. Notably, he has the second-highest wOBA+ISO against RHB (.630). This poor performance is likely due to his high Hard% of 36.4% and low Soft% of 8.2% combined with a hitter-friendly 39.1% FB%. Kinsler, a righty, doesn’t have great numbers against RHP on the surface - .085 ISO, .293 wOBA – but he has a hard contact rate of 36.7% and high fly ball rate of 46.8% in 147 plate appearances, indicating he may have been a bit unlucky so far. It looks like a solid spot to target the leadoff man.
Jun 6 - 3:16 PM

Tigers placed 2B Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Kinsler has been playing through a minor hamstring injury, but apparently tweaked it again during Friday's game. Look for Andrew Romine and Dixon Machado to handle the bulk of the reps at second base in his absence.
May 27 - 11:43 AM

Ian Kinsler left Saturday's game against the Rangers with left hamstring tightness.

Andrew Romine replaced him at second base to begin the fifth inning. The Tigers are calling his exit precautionary. Kinsler sat out five games with a similar injury earlier this month and it's possible he never healed properly. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles before exiting.
May 20 - 9:15 PM

Ian Kinsler went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss, dropping his average to .219.

The good news for the Tigers is that Kinsler is walking a whole lot more than usual, giving him a .340 OBP despite the poor average. Still, Kinsler hasn't been very valuable for fantasy purposes with the poor average, three homers and one steal through 101 at-bats. He'll get better, but he's likely to remain a modest disappointment.
May 13 - 1:24 AM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) is back in the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

Kinsler is ready to roll after sitting out five games with hamstring discomfort. He'll man second base and bat leadoff against Angels right-hander JC Ramirez. Kinsler is only hitting .206 this year but he should return to his usual All-Star form sooner or later.
May 11 - 6:51 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Ian Kinsler (hamstring) will "probably be ready to go" on Thursday.

Kinsler hasn't appeared in a game since May 3 due to left hamstring discomfort, but he's gone through pregame warmups the last two days without any major issues. Look for him to start at second base in the Tigers' series opener Thursday night in Anaheim.
May 11 - 12:35 PM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) has been scratched from the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.

Kinsler was hoping to return for Detroit's series opener at Chase Field, but he apparently felt some lingering discomfort in his left hamstring while going through pregame warmups. Dixon Machado is at second base and batting eighth Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.
May 9 - 6:59 PM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) is back in the Tigers' starting lineup on Tuesday night.

Kinsler missed the Tigers' weekend series in Oakland with a left hamstring injury, but he checked out fine during pregame warmups Tuesday at Arizona's Chase Field.
May 9 - 6:30 PM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) is hoping to return to the Tigers' lineup Tuesday.

Kinsler's left hamstring injury will keep him out throughout the weekend series in Oakland, but the Tigers hope he'll be ready to go following Monday's off day. Andrew Romine has been filling in at second base and in the leadoff spot.
Source: Detroit News
May 7 - 8:58 AM

Ian Kinsler (hamstring) is not in the Tigers' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

Kinsler hasn't played since injuring his left hamstring Wednesday against Cleveland. It doesn't sound like he's going to play Sunday either. The Tigers are holding off on putting him on the disabled list for now but that could change if Kinsler doesn't show improvement in the next few days. Andrew Romine is filling in at second base and batting leadoff Saturday against A's right-hander Jesse Hahn.
May 6 - 7:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Mikie Mahtook
3Andrew Romine
4Matt den Dekker
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Justin Wilson
2Shane Greene
3Alex Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf