Ron Washington goes off of feel when it comes to giving his players a day off.
So far this season the Rangers' manager has been more liberal giving his regulars games off. A tough travel schedule has had a lot to do with it. The Rangers are currently on a four-city, 10-day road trip.
Twice he's given two regulars that hit regularly in the top six spots of the lineup the day off together. It's been Elvis Andrus and Lance Berkman one time. And on Sunday it was Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler, who led the Rangers in RBIs entering the game against Houston, which the Rangers won 12-7.
"It's a feel," Washington said Tuesday on his weekly radio appearance on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. "My coaches, we look at the amount of games we've played, the travel that we've had. This year I'm trying to do the right thing."
Washington is more comfortable giving regulars time off because his bench is better and more productive. He's been able to keep players in a groove with 28 pinch-hit appearances.
Washington, who was criticized for not resting his regulars more as the team was fading at the end of the last season, has said repeatedly in the last few weeks that this year's club is more versatile.
"We've put some pieces on this team this year," Washington said. "Now when we feel like we need to give these guys days, I'm going to go on and do it."
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Skidding in Oakland: Washington, a coach for 11 years in Oakland before becoming the Rangers' manager, was intense when talking about ending a bad streak at O.com Coliseum, where the Rangers have lost eight of their last 10 games and are on a five-game losing streak.
"I want to end that streak badly," Washington said on Fitzsimmons & Durrett. "I know we were losing here, but I didn't know it was that bad.
"It's not a situation where they are so dominant. It's a situation where we're the reason. We're not doing what we're capable of doing in this place, so we have to turn that around. We're in control of that. I'm not going to put it to where Oakland is in control of that."
Grimm's struggles: Washington said that struggling rookie starter Justin Grimm will be fine. He needs to work on keeping his fastball and curveball down in the strike zone.
"He has to work harder," Washington said on Fitzsimmons & Durrett. "And once he gets two outs, putting that third one away. That's where he gets in trouble, getting that third out."