KANSAS CITY -- Rangers closer Joe Nathan was given the night off on Friday and again on Saturday against the Royals. Nathan said he isn't experiencing any physical problems but could use a little extra rest. "I'm not bad, it's just one of those times of the year when a few days off is nice," Nathan said. "It gives me a breather and takes the edge off my arm. We're in August and I've thrown a ton of pitches."
Nathan pitched one inning each on Wednesday and Thursday against the Angels and threw a total of 62 pitches. "That's too many pitches in two innings of work," Nathan said. "I'm just trying to get rid of some normal soreness, get back to throwing free and easy rather than forcing pitches. When you're fighting it, you get some sore spots that don't normally come up when you're throwing free and easy. I need to get back to throwing free and easy." Alexi Ogando saved both of the Rangers' two wins at Kauffman Stadium -- retiring the side in order for his second save in Friday's 5-3 win. He picked up save No. 3 in Saturday's 4-2 win.
The Rangers are 5-for-5 in ninth-inning save opportunities when Nathan is not available.