ST. PETERSBURG -- Ron Washington appreciates having a player of Esteban German's caliber. German was part of the September callups after hitting .301 with 44 stolen bases in 123 games with Triple-A affiliate Round Rock.
"He can help us out a lot," Washington said. "He can do a lot of things. He can hit, pinch-run and he can do anything on the basepaths."
German has already contributed in his limited role as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. In Sunday's 11-4 win over the Red Sox, German pinch-hit for Endy Chavez, walked and eventually scored on Josh Hamilton's triple a day after hitting a solo homer in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter for Leonys Martin during the Rangers' 12-7 loss.
Washington said German provides versatility and the option to substitute him in at different positions, although the middle infield is his specialty. During his first full season in the Majors in 2006, he saw action at third, second, left, center and first with the Royals while hitting .326 with 18 doubles and 44 runs in 106 games.
"He gives us options," Washington said. "He can play anywhere. He can do a lot of things. He just hasn't been giving the opportunity to do them, because of what we already have."