Jones starts at first base
Andruw Jones made his first career start at first base on Friday night against the Astros. Jones was in the lineup even though a right-hander was pitching for the Astros. Hank Blalock and Chris Davis were both on the bench.
Manager Ron Washington, who doesn’t get a designated hitter this weekend because of Interleague play, was looking to give his lineup a boost after what happened in Detroit and was hoping Jones could provide it.
“I just wanted to get his bat in the lineup and I definitely wanted to give Chris a day off,” Washington said. “I just wanted some presence in the lineup. I’ll get Chris back in there tomorrow. I just wanted to give him a day.”
Washington wasn’t sure if Blalock will start this weekend since there is no designated hitter being used.
“I’m dealing with today right now,” Washington said.
Padilla update: Vicente Padilla was officially placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Padilla said he felt the problem in his last start against the Angels on Saturday. He didn’t think it was that serious but it continued to bother him when he did his side session in the bullpen and again when he took batting practice in preparation of Interleague play.
“It might have happened somewhere in there,” Padilla said.
Padilla is eligible to come off the disabled list on June 1 but there are no guarantees he’ll be ready by then. Asked how he felt on Friday, Padilla said, “so-so.”
He was hoping to avoid the D.L. but the Rangers didn’t want to run short of a pitcher during Interleague play and with the Yankees coming to town next week.
“If I can not pitch, they have to do what they have to do,” Padilla said. “I’ll keep working and see how I feel in the middle of the week. I don’t have to rush it. I have to take my time.”