ST. PETERSBURG -- Michael Young's absence from the lineup over the past two days because of neck stiffness has coincided with the Rangers' two-game losing streak against the Rays, and the frustration is beginning to grow for the third baseman.
"It's a day-to-day thing now, or I guess you could say it's an hour-by-hour deal," said Young, who also missed Wednesday's series finale. "It's still stiff, and I'm trying to be patient as much as I can."
Young woke up with stiffness in his neck on Monday morning but felt he could play through it. He made it through seven innings in the series opener with the Rays, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, before informing manager Ron Washington that he could no longer play.
"I thought it might loosen up with some movement in the field and up at the plate, but it never did," Young said. "I just couldn't swing well and knew I had to get out of there."
Young has been doing heat and electrical stimulation therapy over the past two days and said there is some progress since Tuesday. He's tried to take some baseball swings, but it still hurts him to the point he has to stop.
"It felt a little better this morning," he said. "I'll know when it's good enough to actually play. I just am trying to get it better as soon as possible."