Say it ain’t so Ian, LA Angels new 2B Ian Kinsler on DL

TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Ian Kinsler
TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Ian Kinsler /

The LA Angels and their fans have become accustomed to hearing that a key player has gone on the disabled list.  If you had Ian Kinsler in the office pool for who would be the first Angel to go on the DL in 2018, you’re a winner.

After making his LA Angels regular season debut in Friday night’s 2-1 victory over the Oakland A’s, Ian Kinsler had to come out of the game in the ninth inning. The reason for the early exit was that Kinsler, who went one for four in the game, felt a twinge in his groin again.

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The injury originally occurred last Sunday in a Spring Training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  It cost Kinsler the ability to play in the last two exhibition games against the Dodgers and also miss the season opener.  However, Kinsler felt like he was ready to play last night and looked okay until he pulled out of the line-up by manager Mike Scioscia .

Scioscia said after the game that Kinsler felt a little fatigue in his groin which led to the early exit from the game.  Today Kinsler was officially placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left abductor strain in his groin.  It is not known how long Kinsler will be out, but the earliest he could come back is April 9th in Texas where Kinsler spent the first eight years of his career.

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During the time that Kinsler is on the disabled list Zack Cozart, who filled in for Kinsler early in the week, should get the bulk of the work at second base while Kinsler is out.  The Angels did call up middle infielder Nolan Fontana from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill Kinsler’s roster spot and provide some depth in the infield.

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Hopefully for the Angels and Kinsler, the veteran second baseman that they acquired in a trade with Detroit this winter, will be back in a timely manner.  So far Cozart has done well in Kinsler’s absence going three for six with a home run on opening day and so far Saturday Cozart is two for four with a double, and a triple, two RBIs, and two runs scored.