Michael Young out for family matter
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers designated hitter and super-utility infielder Michael Young will miss workouts Thursday and Friday as he deals with some family matters. He is expected to return to camp on Saturday.
Young was out on the field early on Wednesday working at first base and was also participating in the workouts.
"He's got a family thing he's got to attend to," manager Ron Washington said. "He's ready to go. He'll take care of that, come back and play some baseball."
Young wouldn't discuss details with reporters, saying only: "Everything's great."
Young requested a trade last month after the team signed Adrian Beltre to a six-year, $96 million free-agent contract. The team did not make any deals and he reported to camp on time, saying he was focused on the upcoming season.
Young is the longest-tenured Ranger, going into his 11th season, as well as the team's career hits leader and a six-time All-Star (five times at shortstop, once at third).
Beltre ran on a treadmill on Wednesday as he and the club continue to monitor his mild calf strain. He isn't running on the field, but is taking ground balls and hitting. Washington isn't sure if Beltre will play in the exhibition opener on Sunday, but isn't concerned if he doesn't.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.