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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Clubhouse notes: More starters resting

By Josh Davis

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers manager Ron Washington continued to sit key members of the lineup Wednesday after a long month and a longer road ahead.

"The grind that we've been through for almost the past month has a lot to do with [players days off this week,]" Washington said. "We're coming down to the end of the first half; these guys need a chance to catch their breath."

Washington opted to give designated hitter Vlad Guerrero and second baseman Ian Kinsler the day off Wednesday after sitting Michael Young and Elvis Andrus Tuesday.

He was pleased with his reserves' performances Tuesday. Joaquin Arias filled in at shortstop and Andres Blanco played third on Tuesday, and the pair combined to go 5-10, scoring three runs and hitting six combined RBIs.

"[Arias and Blanco] worked their butts off and they rewarded us yesterday," Washington said.

However, Washington said the lineup would be at full strength Thursday and lingering injuries are not an issue.

"I didn't sense [the team] was dragging, they're only human is all," Washington said.

Other notes:

* Right-hander Rich Harden (strained glute) could have a rehab start as early as this weekend. Washington said it would depend on how things go in Harden's final bullpen session (which will not be against hitters) and if pitching coach Mike Maddux thinks Harden is prepared.

* Derek Holland also continues to rehab from knee and shoulder injuries. He threw a half-mound bullpen Wednesday and is scheduled to throw a whole-mound bullpen on Thursday before deciding what the best course of action is. Washington said Holland's arm strength is good and he is throwing all of his pitches.

"Fingers crossed, there's no more setbacks," Washington said.

*Washington said he is still contemplating moving Matt Harrison back into a starting role. He will make his final decision Wednesday afternoon or Thursday.