Giving Kinsler -- who had played in each of Texas' 14 games
prior to Wednesday -- some rest was something that Washington
wanted to do last weekend in Texas.
"I wanted to try to get Kinsler a day while we were home, but he
started swinging the bat pretty good," Washington said. "We weren't
playing very good, and I didn't want to take his offense out of there."
Kinsler, who is in his third year in the Majors, played in 130 games
last year and 120 the year before. With him out of the lineup, left
fielder Frank Catalanotto batted leadoff, with Ramon
Vazquez starting at second base and batting ninth.
Another change to the lineup saw regular center fielder Josh
Hamilton start in right field, Milton Bradley's usual position.
Bradley was moved to the designated hitter's role.
Washington said that both moves were made because of the artificial turf at Rogers Centre.
"That turf really takes its toll on you," said Washington, who believes
that having Hamilton play right field would be less taxing
on his legs than if he were to play in center.
"I thought, if I'm going to play Josh today," Washington said, "it's
better than him roaming out in center field. So I'll put him in right
Hamilton played in just 90 games last season with the Reds, and
Washington wants to make sure that the 26-year-old will be able to stay
healthy throughout the season.
Washington is also doing his best to preserve Bradley, who had
offseason surgery on his right knee.
"I'm not going to put Milton on
that field," he said. "He's just going to DH."
Washington added that he would give Bradley the day off on
David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.