Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Notes: Monday last chance to set rotation
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers have one more off day in this 2011 regular season and it comes while they are in Oakland on Monday.
That's the final chance they have to set their rotation just like they want it heading into the final nine games of the season and into the postseason. Right now, C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison are scheduled to pitch in Seattle.
One option is to skip Alexi Ogando entirely and move him to the bullpen. And it seems that the club is leaning in that directon, though they'll decide more next week. They could go with Derek Holland, Wilson and Lewis in Oakland. That would set up Wilson to pitch Monday in Anaheim, should it appear that game will matter. If it doesn't, he could just shorten his start as a work day or the club could use a spot starter so Wilson is ready for Game 1 of the ALDS.
At this point, the plan is to see how things look in the standings and with the rotation on Sept. 19 and decide how to proceed from there. But that's the advantage to an off day late in the season.
* Nelson Cruz was activated. You can read all about that here. So was Darren O'Day. And Washington said O'Day is ready to pitch with no restrictions. "We'll use him as we need him," Washington said. O'Day was on the DL with a partial tear of the labrum in his left hip.
* Michael Young was given an extra hit after MLB reviewed and changed an error charged to Brandon McCarthy on Friday. So Young now has 194 hits for the season, one behind Adrian Gonzalez for the AL lead.
* Adrian Beltre, hitting fifth on Tuesday, has a 16-game hitting streak. It's the longest active streak in the majors. He'll try to continue it tonight.
* The Rangers will actually get a break from the heat by going to Seattle and Oakland starting this weekend. Washington said he expects to see players with a little more pep in their step out there because of it. "You can see their bodies energize and the mind energize," Washington said. "You don't get an opportunity to get tired."