HOUSTON -- Rangers manager Ron Washington told closer Joe Nathan on Friday night that he wouldn't be used on Saturday. Nathan offered a good-natured protest.
"I told him, 'That's not fair,'" Nathan said. "'You've got to ask me tomorrow how I feel. How do you know? How do you know if you can't play lacrosse until you play lacrosse? Let's what and see how I feel.'"
The Rangers weren't planning to wait. Nathan picked up his ninth save on Friday night with a scoreless ninth in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over the Astros. It was the fourth straight day that Nathan has pitched. He has never pitched in five straight games during his 10-plus years in the Majors. He is also 37 and two years removed from Tommy John surgery.
"I think they'd rather not have anybody pitch five straight days, so let's go out and win, 15-2," Nathan said.
Washington said he wasn't planning on using Nathan but added, "That's not an emphatic no."
The club record for consecutive games pitching in relief is 13 by Dale Mohorcic in 1986. That's also tied for the Major League record.
"Wow, that's pretty good," Nathan said. "If they're not going to listen to me on five straight, they're not going to listen to me on 13 in a row."