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Michael Young Going on Paternity Leave

Young replaced by Luis Hernandez from Round Rock




    Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young is going on paternity leave.

    Young's wife, Cristina, gave birth to the couple's third child at 9:02 p.m. Thursday -- a baby boy named Antonio Barbosa. 

    Young was the starting designated hitter in Thursday night’s game, going 0-for-1 before he was removed for a pinch-hitter when his wife went into labor.

    A player can be on paternity leave for a maximum of three days.

    To take Young's spot, they are bringing up Luis Hernandez from Triple-A Round Rock.  Hernandez, 28, is making his debut with the Rangers.

    Here is more on Hernandez from the Rangers:

    "He has spent the entire season with the Express, batting .262 (130-497) with 8 home runs, 21 doubles, 5 triples, and 66 RBI in 124 contests.  Over his last 18 games beginning August 5, Hernandez has a .423 (33-78) average with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored.  He began that stretch with 9 consecutive multi-hit games to open what was a 16-game hit streak.  The switch-hitter has batted .273 (92-337) against right-handed pitching this year.  He has played primarily shortstop in the Pacific Coast League and has also seen action at second base. Hernandez has a .245 career average in 120 major league games with Baltimore (2007-08), Kansas City (2009), and New York-NL (2010).  His last major league game was with the Mets on Sept. 18, 2010."

    Young is batting .271 with 4 home runs and 50 RBI in 121 games this season.