On Saturday night, Washington kept catcher Yorvit Torrealba and shortstop Elvis Andrus out of the lineup, instead starting Taylor Teagarden and Omar Quintanilla in their respective places. Torrealba had started the team's last 13 games at either catcher or designated hitter, while the team's other catcher, Mike Napoli, played his 20th straight game Saturday.
Napoli was starting at first base for the second straight night to allow Mitch Moreland to serve as the team's DH, giving him an extra day of rest for his right hamstring. Washington said Moreland would be back at first base Sunday, but he also wanted to keep his left-handed bat in the lineup against White Sox southpaw John Danks on Saturday.
"They all need a day, but I can't give it to them all," Washinton said. "Today, I just wanted to give Torrealba a break. When he hasn't been catching, he's been DH'ing, so he's played a lot of games in a row here. I just wanted to give him a break. At some point here, I'm going to get Napoli a break, too."
As for Andrus, Washington said his absence from the lineup had nothing to do with the shortstop committing his league-leading 25th error of the season in Friday night's 7-4 victory. Andrus didn't catch a throw from Torrealba in the fifth inning, as the catcher tried to throw out Gordon Beckham at second on a Juan Pierre bunt attempt. Beckham went to third on the play and eventually scored to tie the game at 4.
"He was trying to secure the baseball, he was trying to do the right thing," Washington said of Andrus, whose .956 fielding percentage is the worst among Major League shortstops. "In the game of baseball, there's no perfection. You can do the right thing and get the wrong results. He did the right thing.
"Elvis has been needing a day off for a while, I just couldn't give it to him. So I finally decided to give it to him today."
Teagarden and Quintanilla were hitting eighth and ninth in the lineup and sport batting averages of .258 and .077, respectively entering Saturday.