ARLINGTON -- Struggling left-hander Cliff Lee will finally get an extra days' rest between starts. In fact, manager Ron Washington said the entire starting rotation will get an extra day after Thursday's day off between trips to Kansas City and Minnesota.
It has the most impact on Lee, who the Rangers have been pitching every five days, regardless of off days, since trading for the ace in July. Lee has struggled in his past four starts, especially the past two losses to Minnesota and Baltimore, which combined for 13 runs against him in 10 2/3 innings.
Lee, who will start Tuesday at Kansas City and then next Sept6, at Toronto, said he was fine by the decision. He's pitched his whole career getting an extra day here or there because of a scheduled day off.
"Why not?" Lee said. "It's not really that big of deal. An extra day can only be a good thing at this point in the season."
The change in the rotation means Rich Harden will start Friday's series opener in Minnesota, followed by Colby Lewis and C.J. Wilson. Lee will now miss the Twins and face a Blue Jays team he hasn't pitched against this season. Lee is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his past three starts at Toronto's Rogers Centre.