Washington dislikes pinch-hitting for Borbon

Washington dislikes pinch-hitting for Borbon

Rangers manager Ron Washington has pinch-hit for center fielder Julio Borbon five times in his past six games. It's not something Washington likes doing.

"It bothers me," Washington said. "I want this guy to feel what it's like to be in those situation. But he's got to give me something earlier in the game to feel like he can get done what needs to be done.

Borbon went into Saturday's game hitless in his past eight at-bats although he was hitting .304 in his past 17 games. The biggest concern is he's 4-for-28 against left-handed pitchers and that's why Washington is pinch-hitting for him. Nelson Cruz pinch-hit for him with the bases loaded and two outs.

"I can't leave him up there against left-handers," Washington said. "We're playing all these close games ... if I've got a two-run lead, I'll let him hang in there. But if one swing of the bat gives us the lead or gets us back in the game, I have to go for it."