Young out of the lineup for Friday's game
Michael Young is out of Friday’s lineup against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Young, who has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring since Sept. 1, faced Kevin Millwood in a simulated game Friday afternoon and did some sprints in the outfield. But the hamstring is still not ready.
“It’s disappointing,” Young said. “Obviously I want to play but I can’t focus on the negative. I’m going to get after it today [treatment and rehab] and hopefully be ready tomorrow. But I can’t play with it like this.”
Young has played just once since Sept. 1. He was in the lineup on Tuesday at designated hitter but had to come out after just one at-bat when the hamstring tightened up on him.
“It’s disappointing because I came in the other day and thought I would be ready to go for the rest of the season,” Young said. “It just wasn’t where I need to be.”
Josh Hamilton, who has been sidelined since Sept. 2 with a pinched nerve, is also out of the lineup. He is not expected to play in the three game series against the Angels and there is still no clear indication when he will be able to return to the lineup. It won’t be until the Rangers four-game series against the Athletics next week at the earliest.
“Who knows, he might make a miraculous recovery,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said.
Washington said he has not given much thought to the possibility that Hamilton won’t play again this year.
The Rangers go into Friday’s game without their two top hitters and having scored just one run in their last 37 innings. Andruw Jones is in the lineup at designated hitter and Esteban German is at third base.
Millwood said he threw 50-something pitches in his simulated game. His next scheduled start is either Monday or Tuesday. Washington said Millwood would definitely pitch one of those two games.
“I haven’t thought anything otherwise,” Washington said.