Young exits game to attend birth of third son

Young exits game to attend birth of third son

Young exits game to attend birth of third son
ARLINGTON -- Rangers designated hitter Michael Young left Thursday's series opener against the Twins in the bottom of the fifth inning to be with his wife, Cristina, who gave birth the couple's third child, a boy, shortly after he arrived at the hospital.

Mitch Moreland took over DH duties in the bottom of the sixth.

The Rangers made a late change to their lineup before the game, moving Elvis Andrus from designated hitter to shortstop and moving Young from shortstop to DH.

Young was moved from shortstop because the Rangers did not have any other middle infielders to use should Young leave the game. Moving Andrus from DH to shortstop would forfeit the DH, forcing Texas to bat its pitcher. Alberto Gonzalez, who made two starts at second base this season and five others at shortstop, was designated for assignment Aug. 10 before being assigned to Triple-A Round Rock two days later.

Before the change, Andrus was on track to make his second start of the season at designated hitter.

"I'm great," Andrus said. "I tell [manager Ron Washington] all the time, 'If you don't want to give me a day off, I'll be ready to play every day.'"

His only other start at designated hitter this season came in a loss to the Blue Jays on May 2, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. All of the other 117 games he's started this season have been at shortstop. The last time he did not start was Saturday against the Blue Jays but he came in for Young at shortstop in the ninth inning.

"I tried to get him a whole [day off] in Toronto, but we were playing a 2-1 ballgame and I needed him out there on defense," Washington said. "I can't afford to sit him right now. I'll put up with his loud mouth in the dugout tonight."

Mike Olt made his fifth start of the year at first base while Young, who won a Gold Glove as a shortstop in 2008, started at designated hitter for the 56th time this year. Young has also made 34 starts at first base, 11 at second base, and 16 at third base this year.