Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Notes: Dave Bush likely starts Weds.
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- The Rangers haven't made anything official yet, but if Dave Bush isn't needed in today's game with the Tigers, he's likely to get the start on Wednesday.
"Probably he'll be the guy," manager Ron Washington said.
Bush has yet to pitch in a game this season, the only Rangers pitcher on the roster without an appearance so far in 2011. The 31-year-old started 31 games for the Brewers in 2010 (also made one relief appearance) and was 8-13 with a 4.54 ERA with 107 strikeouts and 65 walks in 174 1/3 innings.
* The Rangers have set their rotation for Yankee series and it does not include Colby Lewis, who had the terrific starts in Game 2 and 6 against the Yankees in the ALCS. Lewis' wife, Jenny, is due any day and the plan is that Lewis will fly back to Texas and then be available to pitch when the Rangers' start their homestand against the Angels on Monday.
* Ian Kinsler gets the day off today. That was something Washington planned a few days ago. It also allows him to put Josh Hamilton in the DH slot and get him off his legs. Washington said he's likely going to sit Hamilton on Wednesday, that way giving him two days without any action and a third as the DH. That should give him a nice rest headed into the three-game set with the Yankees this weekend. Michael Young is playing second base today.
Washington said he also wants to get Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre and Young some days off soon.
* Washington said he would have done the same thing Sam Fuld did in Tampa Bay's win over Boston on Monday night. Fuld needed just a single for the cycle and hit a ball deep in the left-field corner. Fuld scampered to second base for the double, ending his chance at a cycle.
"You play the game," Washington said.