ARLINGTON, Texas – Michael Young was back in the Texas lineup Monday after missing three games after the birth of his son.
The Rangers activated Young from the paternity list and designated infielder Luis Hernandez for assignment.
Young left during Thursday’s game and made it to the hospital in time for the birth of Antonio, the third son for Young and his wife Cristina.
“I was here,” said Young. “I think I left in the bottom of the fourth and the baby was born in the bottom of the sixth. I got to the hospital and he came probably about 10 minutes later. The game was on in the delivery room so I was able to kind of keep up with everything.”
Young was originally at shortstop Thursday but was moved to designated hitter because of the looming birth. Because he was the DH, he was able to keep up with the happenings with his wife on the phone. He left after two at-bats.
Young said it was strange to watch the Rangers on television.
“I’ve never really done that before to be home and watching games or being in the hospital and watching games on TV,” said Young. “It was great. The guys played really well. The things you notice when you’re not here is all the smiles you see on TV, everybody’s having fun. You’re kind of chomping at the bit to get back and be a part of it.”
The paternity leave also gave Young a break he’s not accustomed to. He played in 157 games in 2010 and 159 last year. The last time he missed at least three-consecutive games was in 2009 when he missed nearly a month with a strained hamstring.