Michael Young, who is mired in an 8-48 slump, has been given the night off on Wednesday by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington. Evan Grant shared some of his thoughts on the move on Twitter earlier on Wednesday:
Rangers are sitting DH Michael Young tonight. Young, who has 8 hits in his last 48 at-bats (.167) doesn't buy into the idea of slumps, but manager Ron Washington has been giving all his regulars time off this week and Young is subject to the same treatment of all the other regulars. Significant: Young, a opposite field hitter, has 12 ground balls to short or third base, in those 48 at-bats. Tells you something isn't perfect with swing.
It's a long season, and giving Young the day off certainly isn't a bad thing, especially since Young hasn't been hitting much anyway.
Young out of the lineup is likely to Yu Darvish's benefit tonight, as Young is a poor defender. Hopefully for Young, the night off will give his body some rest and allow him to clear his head, and he'll come back with a strong showing on Thursday.
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