MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers infielder Michael Young could tie the Rangers' all-time record for games played on Saturday against the Twins. Manager Ron Washington may also make him wait until Sunday.Washington said he wants to give Young a day off this weekend and is leaning toward Saturday. Washington is concerned about Young being mentally fatigued of late. Young went into Friday's game as designated hitter with four hits in 39 at-bats (.103) for the month of June. Young, who was the Rangers' Player of the Month for May, also had 12 strikeouts in 39 at-bats. "It could be tomorrow, it could be Sunday," Washington sad. "I haven't talked to Michael yet. Get a day, take Monday off and be strong going into New York." The Rangers have a day off on Monday before opening a three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday in New York. "He's just a little fatigued," Washington said. "You see the bat head slow down and you're rushing to the baseball. You quit trusting yourself and you chase pitches. All these things happen when you're struggling. He's no different than anybody else. He's good, but even the good ones struggle. "Michael exerts a lot of energy when he plays the game. He's so mentally strong, but sometimes that takes more out of you than the physical part." The Twins are pitching left-hander Francisco Liriano on Sunday. Washington said he would prefer Young be in the lineup for that game rather than Saturday. Young was in the lineup on Friday for his 1,572nd game with the Rangers. One more and he moves into a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for most games played in club history.
Harrison on schedule despite kidney stone
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison took batting practice on Friday in preparation for Interleague Play and is still scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Twins. His next start would be Saturday against the Braves in Atlanta.Harrison is still waiting for his infamous kidney stone to pass but doesn't think that will prevent him from starting on Sunday. He is still having occasionally pain from the stone and is still trying a number of remedies to deal with the situation. "Right now, I'm fine. ... The last two days have been good," Harrison said. "The thing just hasn't come out yet. The only thing is to get back my running strength. It took a lot of energy fighting this kidney stone and it took a lot out of me." Harrison allowed four runs in four innings against the Royals on Sunday. "I had no pain, but it may have gotten me tired," Harrison said. "I had no pain until I came out of the game and went back on the bench to watch the rest of the game. Then I started to feel it."
Injured O'Day continues to make progress
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers pitcher Darren O'Day threw 38 pitches without problem in the bullpen on Saturday. It was his second session off the mound in three days after being sidelined following surgery on April 28 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip."It went well, much better than my first one," O'Day said. "No hesitation and no pain when I land. It's only my second bullpen, but I'm really encouraged." O'Day is also encouraged that he has been able to go back to the sidearm style that has made him so successful. O'Day had a 1.94 ERA over the past two seasons, the fourth lowest in the Majors among relievers with at least 93 innings. "I was successful with it," O'Day said. "We talked about changing my delivery before surgery to avoid surgery, but you could get arm problems doing that. So I'm going with the same delivery." O'Day will throw another bullpen session on Sunday. The next step would be live batting practice and then a medical rehabilitation assignment in the Minors. O'Day is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 26 and is hoping to be ready by then. The Rangers aren't sure about that, but he should be ready at least before the All-Star break. "We're very encouraged how he is responding to the throwing sessions," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "But there are two components we're dealing with. One is how he is physically with his hip and how his arm is doing ... before we send him to a competitive environment."
Feldman resuming rehab on Saturday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman is scheduled to resume his medical rehabilitation assignment on Saturday with three or four innings for Double-A Frisco. Feldman, who underwent knee surgery on Nov. 3, hasn't pitched since May 24, using the extra time to rebuild strength in his knee.Other injury updates:
Triple-A Round Rock pitcher Eric Hurley, who hasn't pitched since April 18 after getting hit in the head with a line drive, is scheduled to throw a bullpen on Sunday and may resume pitching in a game after that. Brandon Webb (shoulder surgery) will throw a bullpen on Saturday. If that goes well, his next step will be to return to game action in the Minor Leagues. Tommy Hunter (strained groin) threw three scoreless innings in a start for Round Rock on Thursday. He is expected to pitch every fifth day for the time being while he builds up strength, endurance and innings.
Rangers sign 14 draftees
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have signed 14 players taken earlier this week in the First-Year Player Draft. The highest players signed were Dartmouth right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks, outfielder Rashad Harlin from Helix (Calif.) High and catcher Joe Maloney from Limestone College.Hendricks was an eighth-round pick who was 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA in nine games for Dartmouth. Harlin was taken in the ninth round and Maloney in the 10th.
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