Vlad hot again; option on back-burner

Vlad hot again; option on back-burner

ARLINGTON -- Designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero said there's been no real secret to him breaking out of a slump that lasted most of July and into early August. He is hot again, with 16 hits in his past 31 at-bats.

After hits in his first two at-bats on Sunday, Guerrero has hit safely in eight straight games, and he's also driving in runs again. He has 17 RBIs in 21 games, and he has collected over 100 RBIs for the 10th time in his career.

Guerrero said before Sunday's game that his recent success is a product of having a more normal season in which he hasn't been hurt. He has 527 at-bats entering Sunday, so he's endured the typical peaks and valleys of a Major League season.

"Last year, I had injuries and I didn't play enough," Guerrero said. "I had only about 300 at-bats. Now I have the at-bats I usually have in a year. I haven't done anything differently. I've just kept my head up."

Guerrero said he hasn't thought much about next season -- he and the Rangers have a mutual option on a $9 million deal for 2011 (Texas has a $1 million buyout).

"I'm not going to worry about that now," Guerrero said. "I'll try to keep playing, play the best that I can and try to stay away from injuries."