Young fighting slump; Kinsler out with virus

Young fighting slump; Kinsler out with virus

ARLINGTON -- Michael Young was out of the lineup on Wednesday. Manager Ron Washington said the day off was planned, but it still comes at a time when Young is struggling at the plate.

In addition, Ian Kinsler was a late scratch because of a stomach virus. Alberto Gonzalez started in Kinsler's place at second base.

Young went into Wednesday's game with only eight hits in his past 48 at-bats, also batting just .196 in his past 22 games. Young still said he feels "great" at the plate.

"There are times when you don't get results in this game," Young said. "I'm going to stay focused on the fundamentals and keep chipping away at it. In a weird way, I like baseball most when it's difficult. I'd rather be locked in for 162 games, but it's tough when you get tested and when you get challenged. There are parts of the game that I really enjoy.

"This is when the mental aspect of the game comes out, and I think that's what I excel at. I look forward to those games when you feel like you've pulled out of it. You're a better player because of it."