Buzz: Ron Washington says club needed day off
Washington said he didn't see anything unusual about his team as the players arrived at the ballpark today.
"They came in and started getting their work done," Washington said. "I haven't noticed any change in attitude negatively. They needed it. After the disappointment that they had, having a workout wasn't going to make that much of a difference. They needed some time off to relax and be with their families and come today, go through our normal routine and play a game."
* Mike Adams still hasn't thrown much. He hasn't had a long-toss session or thrown off a mound and is doubtful for the ALDS. Washington said the club can't really put him on there if he hasn't thrown off a mound and it seems unlikely he'll do that before Sunday.
* Washington said Tanner Scheppers was left off in favor of Yoshinori Tateyama because Tateyama gives right-handed hitters "a different look." With the flexibility of changing the roster after the ALDS, Washington went with 11 pitchers, including four lefties. He hopes to be prepared to make any changes needed to get a favorable matchup.
* Washington said he checked with Beltre when the slugger arrived at the park and Beltre told him he was ready to go, so he's in at third base today after being the DH in the series in Oakland.
* The Rangers' intention is to pitch Matt Harrison in Game 1 of the ALDS, but if they need him today, he can pitch. It's his normal day to throw, so he could give them an inning or two and it wouldn't leave him unable to pitch Sunday.
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