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Young held out with back stiffness

Young held out with back stiffness

CHICAGO -- With an off-day approaching, Rangers third baseman Michael Young was out of the lineup with lower back stiffness on Sunday for the second straight game at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I'd much rather have him in that lineup today, but he's not available, so we have to move on with what we got," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "Hopefully Tuesday he'll be ready."

Young received treatment in the visiting clubhouse for an injury he sustained Friday night while diving for a ball. A similar back issue forced him to miss two games in 2004.

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"I was hoping to come in to play today," Young said after Sunday's 7-1 victory over the White Sox. "I felt a little better, but with the day off tomorrow it just made too much sense to make sure [I] knocked it out, as opposed to it being something nagging for a while.

"I fully expect to come in Tuesday and be ready to roll."

Otherwise, Young has been remarkably dependable. Since he became a full-time player near the end of April 2002, he has missed back-to-back games only five times, three of which were injury related. Young has never been out of the starting lineup for more than two straight games since.

Omar Vizquel, 42, made the second start of his career at third base on Sunday in Chicago. Until Saturday night, Vizquel had opened his career with 2,568 starts exclusively at shortstop.

"[Hopefully] these three days will certainly get [Young] back on the field, because we need him out there, especially with [Josh] Hamilton out," Washington said. "[Those are] your two best guys, and now you got to try to play a game without them, but that's the way baseball is."

Patrick Mooney is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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