Ian Kinsler showed signs of pain in the ninth inning Tuesday when he scored a run and said Wednesday that he is dealing with a nagging injury.

Kinsler didn’t specify where it is saying only it’s somewhere above the ankle and below the neck. He spent close to a month on the disabled list earlier this season with a stress reaction in one of his ribs.

“Everyone has problems this time of year” Kinsler said. “I just have to manage it and make sure it doesn’t get any worse than it is.”

Manager Ron Washington put Kinsler in the designated hitter slot Wednesday and expects his everyday second baseman to return to the field Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series against the Oakland A’s.

“It’s no big deal” Washington said.