Just last month, Rangers’ manager Ron Washington told reporters that he was not considering bumping Michael Young down in the lineup from the fifth spot.
“Nooooooooo,” Washington said when asked about the move in June, per the Dallas Morning News. “This is the way our lineup runs and I’m going to keep running with it. You have got to make adjustments in this game and he will make them. This [slump] has just lasted a little longer than others.I have a feeling he’ll come out of it, just when we need it most.”
As it turns out, Washington did make an adjustment--an adjustment that involved moving Young from the five-hole to six, which is where he hit on Saturday and Sunday. But Young isn’t exactly hurt by the move, as we go into that All-Star break.
“To me, it’s not really a big deal,” Young said. “I’ve hit in so many positions in the lineup in my career. The only thing I care about is that the lineup flows and allows us to score runs. I’m only concerned with winning, so I don’t really have any thoughts on being moved in the lineup.”