Notes: Michael Young will have same role

March, 11, 2012
3/11/12
3:51
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said there won't be any changes in the way he uses Michael Young this season.

Washington said he gained experience last season on how to handle the flexible veteran. Last year, Young started 39 games at third base, 36 at first base, 14 at second base and one at shortstop. He was the designated hitter for 69 games. Most of his time at third base occurred when Adrian Beltre went on the disabled list when Young filled in for 27 of the team's 29 games from July 31 to Aug. 31.

Young will still get his at-bats, but Washington will find ways to get Young out on the field. He doesn't want to limit Young to being just a DH.

"You never know what may happen in the season and we’re very fortunate to have a Michael Young that we can move around and do different types of things with," Washington said.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Young is the only player in major league history to start at least 130 games in a season at second, shortstop and third. He started consecutive games in the field just once in the Rangers' first 41 games.

Other notes:

*With Mike Napoli out and Yorvit Torrealba off, catcher Luis Martinez started against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

Washington said it's a good chance for Martinez to continue showing what he can do at the plate. He hit safely in each of his first four Cactus League games. Martinez is 4-for-6 at the plate with two doubles, one RBI and two runs.

Washington said Martinez is just one of many good catchers general manager Jon Daniels has collected for the Rangers. He's also impressed by non-roster invitees Dusty Brown and Chris Robinson.

"You always want depth in every area," Washington said. "We certainly did a good job in putting some depth together in the receiving department."

*Washington thought Mike Olt had some good at-bats Saturday. He said Olt battled during every plate appearance and has some power. Olt went 2-for-3 against the Chicago White Sox.

He's still young, but Washington said Olt has the ability and "looks like a baseball player." Washington said the veterans have taken Olt under their wing and he's benefiting from it.

*Washington doesn't think the team will need to look elsewhere to find a utility player. He hasn't made a decision yet, but he said all of the utility players in camp are performing well.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182