Young starts at third base on rough infield

Young starts at third base on rough infield

ARLINGTON -- Rangers veteran Michael Young is making his first start at third base on Wednesday night against the Astros. Manager Ron Washington wanted to give Adrian Beltre a day off and is using him at designated hitter.

Chris Davis, who is back at Triple-A Round Rock, started previously in three games that Beltre did not. Young was the Rangers' regular third baseman the past two seasons before moving into a utility role this year.

Young will be dealing with a new infield. The Rangers' grounds crew put in new turf before this homestand and there have been some comments that it has created some tough hops.

"The new infield we put in is dodgy at best," pitcher C.J. Wilson said after Tuesday's game. "The grass is just like a putt-putt course out there, so the infielders had their hands full trying to field, and you saw that tonight with the ball bouncing all over the place."

Young was asked about it before Wednesday's game.

"It takes a while [to get used to the new grass]," Young said. "They do it two times a season, so it's tough. Not just for us, but for the other team. You see people getting tricky hops all the time here once they put the new infield in. I'm going to get some work in and hopefully get used to it."

Washington made it clear the condition of the infield shouldn't matter.

"That's a concern if you're in the Minor Leagues," Washington said. "We're in the big leagues."