Mark DeRosa takes a .381 batting average into Friday's game against the Red Sox, and he's going to continue to get playing time once Ian Kinsler gets back from the disabled list.
Kinsler, sidelined with a dislocated left thumb, is expected to go on a medical rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma on Thursday and should be ready to return sometime on the upcoming road trip.
General manager Jon Daniels said Kinsler will be at Oklahoma for a minimum of three days. But the Rangers won't rush him back and won't automatically dump DeRosa on the bench when he does get back.
Asked if Kinsler will get his job back, Showalter said, "He'll be on our 25-man roster. That's the job he won in Spring Training. We'll see how he does down there.
"Everybody is adamant about making sure we bring him back to where he was, mentally and physically. He was doing well, so is Mark. We're not going to not play him and not play Mark, either. I'll try to keep Mark in the flow."