ARLINGTON -- Andres Blanco drew the start Saturday at shortstop, and was expected to play there again on Sunday. Michael Young, who played shortstop for the Rangers as recent as 2009, would only play there in an emergency.
Blanco has struggled recently at the plate -- he entered Saturday's game hitless in his last 18 at-bats -- but he's proven to be an adequate emergency starter in the past, especially last August when second baseman Ian Kinsler missed 11 games with a strained left hamstring. Blanco batted .318 with seven doubles and five RBIs then.
"[You] keep your fingers crossed and hope that he gives us the spark he gave us when Kinsler was out [last season]," manager Ron Washington said. "He expects it out of himself."
Washington said Blanco is able to handle the utility role because of his demeanor. Blanco, 26, has never played more than the career-high 68 games he played in last season. He has started just 10 games this season.
"It takes an even-keeled mind kid, and he's even-keeled," Washington said. "He knows what his job is here."
Andrus to rest achy wrist this weekend
ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus will take Saturday and Sunday's games off because of his sprained left wrist, but he's still not expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Manager Ron Washington said that even if he received a good report on Andrus' wrist on Saturday, he would give him Sunday off. The Rangers have a travel day Monday, then open a three-game series on Tuesday in Houston, so Andrus will, at the minimum, get three days off.
Andrus said he was still feeling some "stiffness" in the wrist Saturday afternoon, but that he could move it around somewhat. He was examined Saturday and team doctors said there was some improvement.
"I don't think it will take too long," Andrus said. "Maybe a few days and I'll be ready."
Andrus injured his wrist sliding headfirst into second base in the fourth inning of the Rangers' 8-1 victory over the Mets on Friday. He just started sliding headfirst into second base this season to give himself a better chance to avoid tags when trying to steal a base.
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Washington said there was nothing wrong with the slide.
"[What] happened last night was one of those freak things where he just happened to roll over on his wrist," Washington said.
Torrealba beginning to swing hot bat
ARLINGTON -- Yorvit Torrealba went 3-for-4 on Friday night to raise his June batting average to .389. And he just missed a home run in his final at-bat that would have put his average this month over the .400 mark.
Torrealba has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games to raise his average to .267. Torrealba's batting average is at its highest point since May 3, when the catcher was batting .277.
"Early in the season, I was in between on my offense and my defense," Torrealba said.
Manager Ron Washington said it's all a process of time learning the American League and the work Torrealba has put in the cages. Torrealba has a career .257 batting average and has always shown some pop in his bat -- he has hit at least seven home runs in three different seasons.
"He has a track record for swinging the bat," Washington said. "I don't think [Torrealba's slow start] could have lasted all year."
Reliever Darren O'Day pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Friday night for Triple-A Round Rock.
Right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers threw two scoreless innings of relief on Friday for Double-A Frisco. He had a strikeout.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton has hit safely in his last 18 home games in Interleague Play entering Saturday (.435 batting average, five homers, 15 RBIs).
Left-hander Matt Harrison has the fourth-lowest ERA in the American League since May 6, at 1.95.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.