Young moved to third spot
Ron Washington is putting Michael Young in the third spot and wants to keep him there until Josh Hamilton gets back in the lineup.
Young was batting third on Friday night against left-hander Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants. Elvis Andrus was batting second.
On Saturday, Washington is planning to use David Murphy in the No. 2 spot in the lineup against right-hander Matt Cain.
“I don’t know if this is a shakeup,” Washington said. “The only thing is Elvis is second and we’re moving Michael down. Now that we’re really beginning to feel Hamilton’s injury, Mike is swinging the bat well so hopefully we can take advantage of that with runners in scoring position. Maybe this will give Michael a chance to produce some runs.”
Hamilton is sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn abdominal muscle and is expected to be out until the All-Star break at least. He did start swinging a bat off the tee on Saturday.
Hamilton was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 1 and the Rangers are hitting .237 as a team for the month with a .287 on-base percentage and a .379 slugging percentage.
“We’re definitely beginning to feel his loss,” Washington said. “When he’s in that lineup, he makes everybody better. I want him back.”
Young is hitting .357 in 16 games in the No. 3 spot. Hank Blalock, who has been there for nine games, is hitting .206 and Andruw Jones is 3-for-27 in that spot. Blalock’s slugging percentage in the No. 3 spot is .324. It’s .624 as a cleanup hitter.