ARLINGTON, Texas -- Arthur Rhodes has worked five scoreless innings in his last seven outings, though it's been in low-pressure situations in games that were essentially already decided.
Manager Ron Washington hasn't given up using Rhodes with the game on the line, but wants to ease him in. That was the approach he used with Mark Lowe when Lowe was coming back from the minors after having command issues.
"You want to give him a chance to get some confidence," Washington said. "The last three or four times out, he’s thrown the ball much better. We just have to wait and see as we move on how it goes."
Washington said he doesn't have many specific roles in the bullpen right now and will utilize guys when he needs them.
"I think everybody’s role is different,” Washington said. “I’ll bring in Arthur when the situation dictates to bring Arthur in. That doesn’t change. There’s only two guys that have stepped up to get a certain part of the game, and that’s Mark Lowe and Ollie [Darren Oliver].”
* Washington said just because Tommy Hunter is back and Darren O'Day is close (maybe even tomorrow), it doesn't mean the club will stop looking at external options for the bullpen.
"Tommy Hunter and O’Day are definitely going to be a shot in the arm for us, but we’re going to keep looking. We’re trying to get better and better," Washington said. "They make us better, but we want to be better than that. So we’re going to keep looking."
Washington said it isn't just bullpen pieces, either.
"We’re looking at everything," Washington said. "There is nothing that we’re not looking at. When something becomes available and you can help yourself, decisions will be made. We’re looking, and we’ll make those decisions when we have to make them. It’s not just one area, it’s every area."
* Washington said he's working on the final All-Star team roster for the AL. He has to turn it into the league tonight. He joked he hadn't felt this much pressure since the World Series.