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Sports Hernia Sidelines Kinsler, Could End His Season

Tuesday, August 19, 2008; Page E04

All-star 2B Ian Kinsler was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a sports hernia, and could be headed for season-ending surgery.

Kinsler, who was leading the majors with 165 hits and 102 runs, had an MRI exam that revealed the problem on the left side of his groin. He will be examined by a specialist in Dallas, probably today.

"I hope I can avoid surgery, but the way it is right now, it's pretty bad, pretty sore, and I can't play," Kinsler said before a game against the Tigers. "If it's surgery, then I'm out eight weeks and I'm done for the season. But until the doctor tells me, I'm going to hope for the best."

Texas called up IF Joaquin Arias from Class AAA Oklahoma to take Kinsler's roster spot.

Kinsler said he first felt pain in his groin after making a defensive play in the first inning of Sunday night's game against the Rays.

Kinsler, whose .319 average and 26 stolen bases also lead the Rangers, has been among the AL leaders in batting average and steals all season.

ยท BRAVES: LHP Tom Glavine is scheduled to be examined tomorrow by James Andrews in Alabama, a visit that is expected to determine whether the pitcher's stellar career is over.

Glavine, out for the rest of the season with a torn flexor tendon, reiterated yesterday what he said after going on the DL last week: Andrews's diagnosis will likely determine his fate in baseball.

"I pretty much knew that this was going to be the case when I left here Thursday night," Glavine said. "It didn't feel good, and that was different from my rehab starts."

If Andrews determines he needs elbow ligament replacement surgery to continue pitching, Glavine, 42, would retire.


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