"I'll keep my fingers crossed that no one gets hurt, and when he comes back, he'll be ready. It's just an opportunity for him to get at-bats on a daily basis, give him an opportunity to move around the infield and play everywhere."Duran will play second base, third base, and shortstop in the Minors. "I think the more baseball he starts playing, everything that we felt like he needed to improve on up here, he will improve on simply by playing," Washington said. Duran batted .225 with three home runs and 11 RBIs with the Rangers. He is batting .275 (14-for-51) against left-handed pitching. Will Duran be Washington's first choice from the Minors if the Rangers sustain an infield injury? "If there was something that happened on the infield and we didn't need a direct position player," Washington said. "If we needed an extra infielder and the guy wasn't going to be playing, it would be Duran. If we needed a third baseman, somebody to be at third all the time, and [Travis] Metcalf was healthy and ready to go, then we would have to make a decision."
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter at MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less