Michael Young thought his season was over when he heard a pop in his hamstring while running down the baseline.
So the bad news for the playoff-chasing Texas Rangers that their
All-Star third baseman will be out at least two weeks could have
been much worse.
An MRI confirmed his injury sustained running out a grounder
Tuesday night was a strained left hamstring, not something much
worse. He's now received a blood platelet injection intended to
Still, the loss of Young for any time is a significant blow for
a Texas team in the hunt for its first playoff appearance in 10
years. The Rangers face an unprecedented extended stretch without
their longest-tenured player, in his ninth season.
Since becoming a full-time player in 2002, Young has never
missed more than two consecutive starts. He even managed to
maintain that streak last season, playing 155 games after breaking
a finger on each hand and sustaining a groin strain.
The Rangers went into Wednesday night's series finale against
Toronto trailing AL wild-card leader Boston by 3½ games and the AL
West-leading Los Angeles Angels by 4½ games. Texas made its last
playoff appearance in 1999 after winning its only three division
titles in a four-year span.
Young was sixth in the American League with a .322 batting