With neck pain gone, Young returns

With neck pain gone, Young returns

BALTIMORE -- Michael Young's pain in the neck is no longer a concern to the Rangers, who welcomed their third baseman back to the starting lineup for Thursday's opener of a four-game series at Camden Yards.

"Woke up feeling good today," said Young, who left Monday's game vs. the Rays after seven innings and has missed the past two games. "Honestly, I feel much better. ... It's not an issue at all."

Young received a variety of treatments over the past two days -- including electrical stimulation, heat and ice -- in an effort to work out the neck stiffness.

"I knew it wasn't going to keep me out for long, it was just a matter of getting it loose enough," Young said. "I don't care if it hurts -- I just want it to be loose enough so I can move around. ... Once I woke up this morning, I knew it was fine."

Rangers manager Ron Washington admitted that the two days off could pay benefits down the line for Young, a notorious workhorse who doesn't like to come out of the lineup.

"When you really look at it, he needed the two days off. We only wanted to give him the one [and] he got two," Washington said. "It was magic in disguise. He's ready to go."

After being forced to watch from the sidelines for two days, Young was champing at the bit to play again.

"I knew it wouldn't take long," he said. "I anticipated it would be one or two games. It was two games, and I knew I'd be back in the lineup soon."