Blanco still having trouble with back

Blanco still having trouble with back

Blanco still having trouble with back
ARLINGTON -- Switch-hitting Rangers shortstop Andres Blanco, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, is still having trouble swinging from the left side of the plate and is not going to come off the shelf anytime soon. His problems could mean that Triple-A Round Rock infielder Esteban German could once again get consideration for a September callup.

Omar Quintanilla has been serving as the utility infielder while Blanco has been sidelined but is 1-for-22 at the plate. The one reason why Quintanilla is here instead of German is he can play shortstop.

German, who can play second and third, is the better offensive player. He is currently hitting .299 with a .386 on-base percentage, 92 runs scored and 44 stolen bases at Round Rock.

"I just wish he could play shortstop," Washington said.

Blanco is the Rangers' best defensive backup shortstop, and they may have to activate him in September for that reason alone, even if he is still having trouble swinging the bat.

"I'm certainly not using Blanco for his bat," Washington said. "As long as he can play defense ... I'm good."