Vlad OK, back in lineup after plunking

Vlad OK, back in lineup after plunking

SEATTLE -- Vladimir Guerrero was back in the Rangers lineup, one day after getting hit in the left forearm by a pitch in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Mariners. Guerrero, with the Rangers leading, 6-1, left for a pinch-runner but was ready to go on Sunday.

Guerrero is just concerned about getting hit in the left wrist and hand. He suffered a broken bone there in 1997 after getting hit by a pitch but this one got him higher up on the forearm.

"Vlad is OK," manager Ron Washington said. "We asked him and he was fine, but there was never a doubt he's be ready to play."

Guerrero has been hit twice in the last four games and leads the team in getting hit by pitches with eight.

"Certain teams, like Baltimore, drive the ball inside on him constantly," Washington said. "A guy who can hit the ball as far as he can, you've got to keep the ball inside on him. You can come inside all day, but if you start coming inside and can't control it, that's a problem."

Guerrero is hitting .400 (18-for-45) in his last 11 games and has 20 RBIs in his last 26 games.