ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said the right knee tendinitis is still bothering him, so he's off again on Sunday.
"I'll be ready to pinch hit," Hamilton said.
Hamilton is hoping to get his second cortisone shot of the season at some point soon, but so far the doctors want to hold off on that. Manager Ron Washington said he expects Hamilton to be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
"We'll give him these two straight days to rest it and he'll be back in there," Washington said.
Hamilton said the first time he got a cortisone shot, in May, it helped his knee and last for 2 to 2 1/2 months. That's probably a big reason the club wants to wait as long as they can before giving him another. It's recommended that players get only two shots in the same spot once a year. So the next time he gets it is likely his last, so the longer they want, the better chance it lasts through the season and postseason, if the Rangers get there.
* Rich Harden is slated to pitch Saturday in Oakland. Cliff Lee will stay on his routine of pitching every fifth day, so Harden will push back to that second game of the series. Harden, who spent much of his career in Oakland, had one of his best starts in his old stadium, throwing seven shutout innings on just two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks in a 4-2 win on May 3.
Washington liked what he saw from Harden in his 7-inning effort on Saturday, which included a 70.5 percent strikes of his 88 pitches.
"Ever since he came back, he's looked like a guy with an edge," Washington said of Harden. "He's a guy with a ton of pride. His release point was consistent. He pounded the strike zone, got the changeup over and spotted the fastball. Whe he missed, he missed on purpose."
That last part is particularly telling. Harden had 43 walks in 65 innings coming in, but had just two walks on Saturday. It was a pitcher with solid command, something he didn't have earlier in the season.
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* Michael Young was sick at the beginning of the Angels series, which helps explain his tough game on Friday. He certainly looked tired that night (and even last night), but has played through it. He was chipper in the clubhouse today, which is probably a big reason he's in the lineup. Young always wants to play. But in order to at least give him part of a break, Washington plans on making him the DH on Tuesday in Seattle.
* By putting Young at DH on Tuesday, Washington can get Vladimir Guerrero two days off (counting Monday's off day). He wants to get Guerrero two more days off by not playing him in Sunday's afternoon game in Oakland, either. "We need these guys fresh," Washington said.
* Washington said if Elvis Andrus couldn't play shortstop that he'd go with Andres Blanco over Cristian Guzman, though he noted Guzman could certainly play short if needed. "That's why we have Blanco if that situation came up," Washington said.
* Catcher Matt Treanor said he's been throwing the past two days and taking swings in the batting cages. He'll ramp up some baseball activities in Seattle, which would include catching a bullpen. Treanor says the strained PCL feels better, but he hasn't tested it by squatting yet.