Kinsler went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run to help the Padres to a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Thursday. Kinsler's early season struggles have been well-documented, but he checked in with a three-run long ball to provide most of the offense for the Padres in this one-run victory. It was a welcome sight for Kinsler to leave the yard, as his prolonged slump has seen his playing time dip recently. He's still sporting a meager .175/.233/.342 slash line over 120 at-bats.
Kinsler remains out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies. Kinsler went without a start in the three-game series at Coors Field, as Greg Garcia took his spot at second base for every contest. With Garcia seemingly ahead of him on the depth chart, Fernando Tatis Jr. (hamstring) nearing a return from the injured list and Luis Urias raking at Triple-A El Paso, Kinsler may be at some risk of losing his roster spot before the end of the season. The 36-year-old has slashed just .177/.238/.327 across 122 plate appearances in 2019.
Kinsler is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies. This marks Kinsler's second consecutive absence and third in the Padres' last five games. Greg Garcia will man second base and lead off, as he did Friday when he collected two hits and scored a run. Luis Urias, who's currently slashing .349/.429/.767 at Triple-A, also looms as a threat to Kinsler's playing time.
Kinsler is not starting Friday against Colorado, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. After hitting .133 through his first 28 games, Kinsler has hit .300 over his last seven. He'll sit Friday in favor of Greg Garcia.
Kinsler is not in the lineup Monday against the Mets. Kinsler will retreat to the bench for Monday's series opener following a string of five straight starts during which he went 7-for-21 with a pair of homers, four RBI and five runs scored. Greg Garcia is starting at second base and hitting leadoff in his stead.
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