Young returns to lineup

Young returns to lineup

HOUSTON -- Michael Young was back in the lineup on Sunday after missing just one game with a Grade 2 sprain on the outside of his right ankle.

Young tested the ankle Sunday morning before the Rangers faced the Astros at Minute Maid Park and decided he was ready to go. A Grade 2 is considered medium severity in a sprain.

"The doctor told me it was a Grade 2, and it's pretty much up to me whatever I can handle," Young said before the game. "I went out there and it was good enough for me, so it's time to play."

Young underwent treatment both during and after Saturday's game and that alleviated much of the swelling, which allowed him to discard the crutches.

Young rolled the ankle when he stepped on Astros first baseman Lance Berkman's foot on a pickoff play in the first inning of Friday's game. He stayed in the game and had three hits, but had to miss Saturday because of the swelling. X-rays were negative, meaning no signs of a fracture.

Young went into Sunday's game hitting .345, sixth-highest in the American League.

Ian Kinsler was also back in the lineup on Sunday after sitting out Saturday's game. Kinsler was given a mental break on Saturday to try to get him out of a 4-for-33 slump.

Chris Davis was in the lineup at first base. Manager Ron Washington wanted to get Andruw Jones in there against left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton but didn't want to sit Davis in two of the three games. Davis did not start on Friday.

"We're trying to get Chris' confidence back," Washington said. "I don't want to sit him one day, start him and then sit him again. I don't want to mess with his head. He wants to do well so badly and we want him to do well badly."

Frank Francisco was also available Sunday. He came off the disabled list on Friday and saved that night's win over the Astros but was unavailable on Saturday. Pitching coach Mike Maddux didn't want to use Francisco right away on back-to-back days, so C.J. Wilson got the save instead in a 6-3 win over the Astros.

Washington said he's not sure when Francisco will be available for back-to-back games if needed. He'll rely on Maddux's recommendation.

"He felt right before [Saturday's game] that we needed to back off," Washington said. "We'll just see from here how he handles his workload and how he recovers."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.