BALTIMORE, Md. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said before Tuesday’s game that Josh Lindblom will get the start for Wednesday’s matchup with Baltimore.
Washington had said Monday that it would be either Lindblom or Ross Wolf. In Monday’s game, Wolf came in -- but threw just one pitch while Lindblom never entered as Washington said beforehand he wanted to see how or if either was needed in that contest.
“[Lindblom's] been doing a good job in Triple-A, and I’d rather keep Wolf in his ... role in the bullpen,” Washington said. “Lindblom is the one who’s been getting a lot of starter’s innings, and we just want to keep him with that type of focus. If we had to use Wolf, we wouldn’t hesitate.”
Lindblom has a 1-2 record and a 4.50 ERA this season in seven games, four of which were starts.
In those starts, Lindblom is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA. Lindblom said he’ll pitch in whatever role the Rangers want, but he’s been a starter most of the time.
“Pitching is pitching, no matter where you’re at,” Lindlbom. “You just go out and make pitches. In the last 10 days or so, I’ve kind of had to break routine, being in the bullpen, but stamina hasn’t gone down, nothing like that. It will be fun.”
Another new spot for Elvis: Monday night, Elvis Andrus batted seventh for the first time all season. Tuesday, he’ll take his first shot at hitting sixth.
Andrus will hit sixth against Baltimore starter Zach Britton, but Rangers fans shouldn’t read too much into it. Washington moved Andrus there to break up the bunch of left-handed hitters the Rangers have in the lineup.
Washington said he originally put Andrus second, but then decided to move Jurickson Profar into that spot and pushed the shortstop to sixth. Moving Andrus to the sixth spot lets Washington alternate lefties and righties from fifth through ninth in his starting lineup. But the skipper doesn't appear to want to make a habit of batting Andrus sixth.
“He won’t be there very long,” Washington said.
The Rangers have a lot of left-handed hitters, and Washington said it’s no secret the team would love to change that scenario.
“We’ve been talking about we’d like to get us another right-handed bat,” Washington said. “We’re a little left-handed heavy, so that’s obvious we need that.”
Number 30: Joe Nathan’s save in Monday’s 8-5 win over the Orioles was his 30th this season, tying him with Jim Johnson of the Orioles for the major league lead.
The 30 saves are a team record and career high before the All-Star break. In addition, Nathan was named to the American League All-Star team last weekend for a second consecutive season.
He’s one of only 13 pitchers to record 30 or more saves before the All-Star Game.
The right-hander’s clearly returned to form from the health issues that sidelined him in 2010 and slowed him the following season.
“I think last year...was more of a year to prove myself,” Nathan said. “This year was just more just trying to continue to go out and be healthy and be as consistent as I can for this club.”