Michael Young isn't in the lineup tonight, but manager Ron Washington said it wasn't performance-based.
Young, a career .302 hitter, has batted .269 with three home runs and 45 RBIs this season. He snapped an 0 for 12 streak on Tuesday with an eighth inning single.
"It's not Michael Young-like, but you know he brings more than just what the numbers say," Washington said. "There's no one more upset about what’s going on than Michael young. But I believe in him and I feel any minute it could happen."
Washington called it a down year for Young, and pointed that every player will go through one during their career.
"That’s the way I look at it," he said. "I’m a baseball player, even though I’m managing, I’m a baseball player. You can’t play this game where a year don’t come where things don’t go right. Babe Ruth had down years, Mickey Mantle had down years, everybody has down years. So that’s the way I look at it."
Young wasn't ready to say it's been a down season, though.
"The year is not over yet," Young said. "We've got the most important part of the season still to come. ... I feel for the rest of the season I'm going to be doing what I usually do, which is making hard contact as consistently as possible."
Young will return to the lineup on Thursday, as the Rangers wrap up a four-game series against the Yankees.
-- Drew Davison