SAN FRANCISCO -- If Ron Washington is planning to stick with Vladimir Guerrero in right field in Game 2 after he labored through Game 1 with two eighth-inning errors, the Texas Rangers manager didn't make a definitive statement after the game.
"No, I don't," Washington said when asked if he'll have to reconsider the idea of using Guerrero in the field with the designated hitter not in effect. "A couple balls got by him."
But, Washington had never actually committed to starting Guerrero in right for Game 2. He's continually left it open, saying he would wait to see how the season-long designated hitter fared in Game 1.
Even before he bungled two balls near the right-field line, turning a single into a double and a double into a triple, to help the Giants pad their lead, Guerrero did not look good tracking down a couple of loopers in the vast AT&T Park right field. The 35-year-old's knees are not those of a young man any more and Guerrero had started just 16 games in the outfield all season.
But, Washington went with Guerrero in right in Game 1 to keep his bat in the cleanup spot. Guerrero was 1-for-4 with two RBIs. The manager hoped to minimize any liability in right while taking advantage of Guerrero at the plate. It didn't work out that way.
As for Game 2, Guerrero said he he wants to play, but he knows it's not his call.
"It is not my decision. Wash has to decide that," Guerrero said through an interpreter. "If I am here, I want to play. But, it is his decision. It is not mine."
If Guerrero sits, David Murphy will likely start in left field with Nelson Cruz moving over to right. Murphy came in as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning and drove in a run with a single to right.