ST. PETERSBURG -- Ron Washington appreciates having a player of Esteban German's caliber. German was part of the September callups after hitting .301 with 44 stolen bases in 123 games with Triple-A affiliate Round Rock.
"He can help us out a lot," Washington said. "He can do a lot of things. He can hit, pinch-run and he can do anything on the basepaths."
German has already contributed in his limited role as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. In Sunday's 11-4 win over the Red Sox, German pinch-hit for Endy Chavez, walked and eventually scored on Josh Hamilton's triple a day after hitting a solo homer in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter for Leonys Martin during the Rangers' 12-7 loss.
Washington said German provides versatility and the option to substitute him in at different positions, although the middle infield is his specialty. During his first full season in the Majors in 2006, he saw action at third, second, left, center and first with the Royals while hitting .326 with 18 doubles and 44 runs in 106 games.
"He gives us options," Washington said. "He can play anywhere. He can do a lot of things. He just hasn't been giving the opportunity to do them, because of what we already have."
Beltre has control over how much he'll play
ST. PETERSBURG -- Ron Washington said he will let Adrian Beltre determine the extent of his playing time, although the Rangers manager would rather his All-Star third baseman not push the limits.
During the Rangers' 11-4 win over the Red Sox on Sunday, Beltre, who was playing in his third game back off the disabled list from a left hamstring strain, ran from first to third on a single to left-center by David Murphy.
"It scared the [heck] out of everybody, including me," Washington said. "I yelled at him, 'What the [heck] are you doing?' He said, 'Playing baseball.' But he was fine."
Washington referred to his own hamstring issues during his 10-year playing career with five different teams in discussing how he will assess Beltre's strength level.
"I know what it feels like and how you can determine your confidence level," Washington said. "I'll lean on the trainers, but I will let him determine things for the most part."
Washington said he would have Beltre in the DH role on Monday and Wednesday of the three-game series against the Rays and at third base in Tuesday's contest. Beltre is hitting fifth in the lineup, but Washington expects him to move back into the cleanup role over time.
"He'll get it back together," Washington said.
Beltre, who missed 39 days, notched his 2,000th career hit with a line-drive single off Red Sox starter John Lackey in the sixth inning of Sunday's win.
Umpiring crew moves from Miami to St. Pete
ST. PETERSBURG -- The umpiring crew involved in the controversial game played between the Phillies and the Marlins on Sunday called the Rangers-Rays contest Monday. The Phillies have appealed their 14-inning loss to the Marlins after the umpires, led by crew chief Joe West, used video replay to decide a long fly ball to the right-field wall by Hunter Pence was an out instead of a double.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel argued that replay should never have been used to make a decision in those circumstances because of MLB's replay rule.
The Rangers were involved in a similar situation during their 10-3 win over the Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in New York as Nelson Cruz attempted to catch a home run by Robinson Cano. Replays showed a fan touched the ball, but right-field umpire Jim Reynolds stayed with the call after a brief argument by Ron Washington.
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.