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Ron Washington talks Michael Young

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's the storyline that never ends here at camp, and today should be an interesting chapter in the Michael Young drama. He is scheduled to arrive at noon (Arizona time) and will talk to the media. General manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan are also expected to speak, so we should have some more information on the situation later today.

Manager Ron Washington, with rain sprinkling, talked about Young to a growing group of reporters (several of the national guys and all of the local TV crews are here). Among the items:

* Washington is expecting Young to come in and be the professional he's always been. "Michael isn't the kind of person that's going to be drama in the clubhouse," Washington said. "He's going to come here and be the professional that he is. We have work on the schedule and we'll get to work."

* Washington stressed again that Young will get his at-bats, primarly at DH. He didn't want to put any kind of percentages on it, but said he wants Young in the lineup. "He helped us get to the World Series, and now I can't get Michael Young in the lineup?"

* He does not plan on working Young out in the outfield as a possible right-handed OF option. He likes Mitch Moreland in that fifth OF role for now and wants Young getting used to first base and the rest of the infield.

* The manager said Young's a good enough athlete that he can make all the plays at first. Washington said Young needs to work on where he needs to be in terms of the various situations -- runners on base, cut off positioning, bunt plays. So that's what the focus will be as he works out there this spring.

* Washington is confident Young will remain a leader in the clubhouse. "He’s still a part of this club, he still has respect," Washington said. "I don't know how that question can come up. He's Michael Young."