Wash on Michael Young: Obvious he's not himself

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The day off didn’t do Michael Young any good.

His slump -- a word he hates but that accurately describes the funk he’s been in for the past month -- kept going strong. Young is 18-for-98 (.184) over the past 23 games after an 0-for-6 outing that ended with Young flying out for the final out of Thursday’s extra-inning loss to the A’s.

“It’s obvious he’s not Michael,” manager Ron Washington said. “But, I think as he told you guys, he’s been there before. He’ll continue to fight. You go through parts of the year where you have to struggle to find comfort, and it looks like he’s struggling to find comfort. But I know he will. He knows he will. It’s just a matter of continuing to get at-bats.

“Right now, he’s just not comfortable up there. He’ll find it.”

Young’s track record certainly suggests that the slump won’t last much longer. The Rangers’ all-time hits leader has had a .300-plus average in seven of the past nine seasons, recording at least 200 hits in six of those campaigns. He hit a career-best .338 last season.

Young was hitting .414 this season before his struggles started. He’s down to .269 now.

“I’m not hitting the ball as hard as I’d like, but I’ve been through these before,” Young said. “It’s not something I sit there and lose sleep over. I come to the park every day, I work hard, stay the course and expect things to go my way.”