German won't be eligible for postseason

German won't be eligible for postseason

TORONTO -- Called up to the big leagues on Sept. 6, utility man Esteban German will not be eligible if the Rangers qualify for the postseason.

That being said, manager Ron Washington thinks his speed and versatility could be a huge asset during the final stretch run.

"He's going to be a pinch-runner," Washington said. "He can play both infield and outfield. He'll be a guy I'll move around.

"[He's] a guy that can run the bases for us, a good baserunner. He brings something, and hopefully we get this thing back on track and we can use him."

In 126 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, the 32-year-old swiped a career-high 50 bases. Washington said that he is not surprised by the late bloomer's numbers.

"Knowledge," said Washington, as the key for German's success. "[He's] been around a while. [He's] always had the speed. I just think this year the opportunity was there for him to do it. He knows how."

"Believe me, they knew he was stealing them," Washington added. "[It's] no secret."