Did day off rejuvenate Michael Young?

August, 17, 2012
8/17/12
9:15
AM CT
Wednesday was just a normal day off for Michael Young. Nothing more, nothing less, according Ron Washington.

But if the Rangers and Washington are lucky, maybe it could turn into something more significant.

Young took his first day off in over two months on Wednesday night.

When he returned to the field Thursday, the veteran looked plenty refreshed.

Young had two hits, a walk and two runs scored in the Rangers' 10-6 win in the Bronx.

Afterward, Young didn't address his day but instead talked about the team.

"We're happy to get the win, we're hoping to take the momentum up to (Toronto) tomorrow," he said.

Young had been struggling prior to his day off Wednesday.

He finished Tuesday's loss to the Yankees with just one hit in his last 13 at-bats. Young's also been suffering through a significant power outrage; the veteran last homered on May 7 against Baltimore.

Need more evidence that Young hasn't been himself?

Only one player in the American League has fewer extra-base hits than Young (24 XBH in 476 plate appearances).

"It's not Michael Young-like," Washington said Tuesday of Young's recent stretch. "But he brings more than just what the numbers say and there's no one more upset about what's going on than Michael Young. But I believe in him and I feel in a minute (Young's turnaround) can happen."

Maybe it started on Thursday afternoon.

Young opened the game with an infield single in the first and scored on Adrian Beltre's three-run knock. He walked in the third, lined to right in the fifth and singled and scored in the seventh.

The lone blemish for Young came in the eighth when he hit a ground ball with Elvis Andrus on third and none out. A fly ball would have scored Andrus.

Still, it was an encouraging day for Young and the rest of the Rangers' offense.

Afterward, Washington downplayed the significance of Young playing well after his day off Wednesday, which was his first since June 10.

"Maybe the first couple games up here Michael wasn't hitting the baseball as well as you guys have seen but he's been swinging the bat much better lately," the manager said. "(Wednesday's) day off is just a day off. I wasn't giving him the time down because I saw something or wanted to do something."

Maybe so. But, maybe, indirectly, Washington got his veteran going.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Jon Daniels

Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Jim Bowden

ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.

Fitzsimmons and Durrett: Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.

Galloway & Company: Elvis Andrus

Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.

Galloway & Company: Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Ron Washington

Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

Fitzsimmons & Durrett: Fire Wash?

Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.

TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
4 1.42 23 38
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Rios .318
HRS. Choo 2
RBIA. Rios 11
RE. Andrus 14
OPSS. Choo .932
ERAM. Perez 1.42
SOY. Darvish 29