Young may rest before making record start

Young may rest before making record start

Young may rest before making record start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rangers infielder Michael Young could tie the Rangers' all-time record for games played on Saturday against the Twins. Manager Ron Washington may also make him wait until Sunday.

Washington said he wants to give Young a day off this weekend and is leaning toward Saturday. Washington is concerned about Young being mentally fatigued of late. Young went into Friday's game as designated hitter with four hits in 39 at-bats (.103) for the month of June. Young, who was the Rangers' Player of the Month for May, also had 12 strikeouts in 39 at-bats.

"It could be tomorrow, it could be Sunday," Washington sad. "I haven't talked to Michael yet. Get a day, take Monday off and be strong going into New York."

The Rangers have a day off on Monday before opening a three-game series against the Yankees on Tuesday in New York.

"He's just a little fatigued," Washington said. "You see the bat head slow down and you're rushing to the baseball. You quit trusting yourself and you chase pitches. All these things happen when you're struggling. He's no different than anybody else. He's good, but even the good ones struggle.

"Michael exerts a lot of energy when he plays the game. He's so mentally strong, but sometimes that takes more out of you than the physical part."

The Twins are pitching left-hander Francisco Liriano on Sunday. Washington said he would prefer Young be in the lineup for that game rather than Saturday. Young was in the lineup on Friday for his 1,572nd game with the Rangers. One more and he moves into a tie with Rafael Palmeiro for most games played in club history.