Washington waiting to decide Saturday's starter

Washington waiting to decide Saturday's starter

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have yet to decided who will start Saturday against the Athletics, although a decision should be made by Friday.

Saturday's game would mark Justin Grimm's spot in the rotation. The 23-year-old right-hander won his Major League debut against the Astros June 16 before allowing six runs on eight hits in one inning of work during Monday's loss to the Tigers. Grimm and Martin Perez, who was called up from Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, are among the candidates to start Saturday.

"You'll know by tomorrow," manager Ron Washington said. "I'll know by tonight."

"They haven't told me that much," Grimm said. "I'll just take it day to day and try not to worry about it much. I'm just going to work and hope that I start Saturday."

Perez made his Major League debut Wednesday, giving up two hits and four runs, only one earned, in 2/3 innings. He and Grimm were both available out of the bullpen, although Perez might get a day off Thursday.

"I don't know if we'll try to use Perez back-to-back," Washington said. "But Grimm certainly is [available]. I'm not saying Perez won't be, but with that kid, we might be a little more cautious."

Washington added that his team's off day Monday would not affect the rotation.

"We're not skipping anybody," he said. "We're going to give everybody their rest, which they need."