ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington has been adamant about getting his front-line players a day off this week. Michael Young was out of the lineup on Wednesday against the Athletics, one day after Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz sat on Tuesday against the Royals. Ian Kinsler, also out on Wednesday because of a stomach virus, and Mike Napoli were out of the lineup on Monday. "One more guy to go," Washington said. He was referring to Josh Hamilton. Washington would like to get Hamilton a day off, and Thursday is a possibility.
The Rangers lost two straight to the Royals as Washington gave his other players a day off. But the manager is still focused on the bigger picture and is adamant about giving his top players an occasional day off. "I said in Spring Training, we are going to go only as far as the guys we're resting right now will take us," Washington said. "If we don't take care of them, they won't take care of us. If they are out for a period of time, we're in trouble." Washington is particularly concerned about this stretch in which the Rangers play 20 games in 20 days. They had a rainout last Wednesday in Baltimore, but that forced a doubleheader on Thursday and the Rangers ended up playing four games in a 48-hour period. They don't get another day off until a week from Thursday. "If I don't do what I feel I have to do, I'm not doing my job," Washington said. "Right now, the way the schedule is and the way we're grinding and the improvement of other teams in the American League, there are no easy games."