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July 06, 2010

News from the Rangers' clubhouse

Michael Young is not in the starting lineup for the first time this season. The idea of giving him a day off was floated Monday and executed today. Elvis Andrus also isn't in the lineup, a decision Ron Washington made because the shortstop is dealing with a few bumps and bruises. Nothing serious, but things that could be aided by a day off.

Doug Mathis or Matt Harrison will start Saturday in the rotation opening created when Omar Beltre was optioned to Triple A for Mathis. Mathis will be available out of the bullpen until Dustin Nippert becomes available again. If Mathis isn't used in a long role, he'll get the start Saturday.

Rich Harden, whose rotation spot has been filled by Nippert and Beltre since he wanted on the disabled list June 12, threw a pseudo-simulated game today before the rains hit. He will need one more bullpen session, said Washington, before going on a rehab assignment. It will be at least two starts, meaning Harden won't be available until at least June 20 at Detroit. The problem is the Rangers will need a fifth starter June 19 at Detroit.

-- Jeff Wilson


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