Anyone who has followed the Texas Rangers knows by now to not doubt a medical diagnosis from Michael Young.
The designated hitter pledged on Wednesday night that his tight right hamstring muscle was no big deal, and he was in the starting lineup about 12 hours later Thursday afternoon.
Young felt discomfort after a double in the fifth inning Wednesday but remained in the game. He batted in the ninth, also collecting a double, but left the game in favor of pinch runner Craig Gentry.
The move, Young said, was premeditated. He had told manager Ron Washington to have Gentry ready in case he reached base as the potential tying run in an eventual 9-8 loss that snapped the Rangers' 12-game winning streak.
"I had nine gears instead of 10," Young said.
Washington said that he never hesitated to write Young's name in the lineup against Jered Weaver, and never hesitated to remove Young late Wednesday.
"I checked with him. He's said he's fine," Washington said. Removing Young on Wednesday "was just precautionary. We needed to score that run, so I did it. I certainly didn't want him laboring."