Michael Young: Tough to bounce around
Young still is uncertain about his role as a designated hitter/super utilityman. That hasn't changed just because Young is batting .393 with two doubles and two triples in 28 at-bats during spring training while playing DH and every infield position except shortstop.
"It's definitely tough to get in a rhythm, without a doubt," Young said. "If I was playing second every day, it'd be easier to get locked in. If I was playing third, it'd be easier to get locked in. It's definitely tough to bounce around, but I've had to kind of get accustomed to it this spring.
"I'm going to treat every game individually. I have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow, so I'm going to treat every game individually."
Manager Ron Washington continues to see no reason to be concerned about Young. Washington figures Young will be just fine as long as his name is penciled into the lineup every day, even if he's bouncing from position to position.
"He's a pro, man," Washington said. "He's not a three- or four-year player. This guy is starting his 11th year. As long as he gets his at-bats, he doesn't care where he gets them. He's going to do whatever he can to help the team wherever that is. That's just Michael Young's makeup."
Young said he hasn't asked Andres Blanco or any other utility players for advice on how to establish a rhythm while playing different positions. Young doesn't plan to, either.
"What works for them might not work for me and vice versa," Young said. "I'm going to trust my instincts."
Tim MacMahon covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.
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