ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Young isn't in the starting lineup for the first time this season. But don't take that to mean he sat back and relaxed on Tuesday.
Young, who discussed the day off with manager Ron Washington on Monday, came to the park early on Tuesday and worked with hitting coach Clint Hurdle and then took ground balls from infield coach Dave Anderson. He was also going through a full workout with strength and conditioning coach Jose Vazquez.
"I think days off are a good time to put some work in," Young said. "You can get a good sweat in."
Young said he does want to watch his body and be sure he can stay healthy for the entire season.
"We talked about it yesterday before batting practice," Young said. "I think at that point we'd reached the halfway point in the year and I just want to make sure I stay healthy. I feel great right now, but I felt great last year and pulled my hamstring in September too. I want to make sure if I can take a day here and there to make sure I can stay healthy and keep my body fresh for the season. I don't think Cal's in Baltimore shaking in his boots or anything like that. A day off here and there can only do me a little bit of good."
Last season was the first time Young missed an extended run of games with an injury (missed 22 of 23 games with strained left hamstring). Other than 2009, Young has played at least 155 games in every season.
Washington said his gut told him it was time.
"The last four or five games he's played, it just wasn't Michael," Washington said. "So I'll give him a day. He's still available off the bench."
* Washington said he didn't hesitate to take both Young and SS Elvis Andrus out of the lineup on the same day. He said Andrus has had "some nagging injuries" and he wanted to give him a break. He noted that Andrus was hit in the back of the leg on Monday and has slid hard into bases putting stress on his knees. Washington said he has not heard anything about the calf injury that was bothering Andrus earlier in the season.
* Washington said Omar Beltre showed good stuff, but "has to throw the ball over the plate with more consistency." He said Beltre is the type of pitcher who will learn valuable lessons from his two starts. He was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Doug Mathis was called up.