Hernandez gets start with Young away until Monday

Hernandez gets start with Young away until Monday

ARLINGTON -- Michael Young is expected to be back with the Rangers on Monday after missing three games due to paternity leave. Luis Hernandez was called up on Friday to fill Young's roster spot and on Sunday he got his first start at shortstop.

Manager Ron Washington wanted to give Elvis Andrus a day off, so Hernandez was in the lineup. He is expected to return to Triple-A Round Rock on Monday when Young returns.

Hernandez could be called up in September when the rosters expand to 40 players, but the Rangers haven't committed to that. They could bring back Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A to be their utility infielder, or they could go with Jurickson Profar, their top Minor League prospect who is at Double-A Frisco.

"We'll decide what we're going to do when we have to make a decision," Washington said. "We've talked about it but we haven't made a decision."

With Andrus out of the lineup and Young unavailable, Washington put Mitch Moreland in the No. 2 spot on Sunday. Moreland has played four games at the No. 2 spot in the lineup over the past three seasons.

"I'll keep the same game plan," Moreland said. "I want to try to grind out at-bats, have good, quality at-bats and hit the ball hard."

Moreland went into Sunday's game hitting .338 with five doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs in 25 games since coming off the disabled list on July 30.