Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/24/12
ARLINGTON, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington had one word of advice for struggling slugger Josh Hamilton: patience. "That don't mean stop swinging the bat," Washington said. "It's just, start recognizing and swinging at strikes. Start thinking a little bit." Hamilton struck out four times in an 0-for-5 outing Saturday, on the heels of Friday's three strikeout performance. Hamilton is hitting .219 over his last 30 games to drop his average from .404 to 320. Washington said Hamilton is swinging and missing at breaking balls out of the strike zone. "You don't have to make that big of an adjustment to quit swinging at pitches feet out of the zone," Washington said. "That's something Hamilton has to deal with. That's why I say it's patience." Grimm to get at least two more starts Rookie Justin Grimm is scheduled to pitch Monday against the Tigers' Rick Porcello. With none of the Rangers' injured starters close to returning, it will likely be the first of two starts for Grimm, who made his major league debut June 16. The closest to returning is Derek Holland, on the disabled list with elbow fatigue, who was scheduled to throw another bullpen session Sunday. Washington said Holland will need at least a couple of rehab starts in the minors, to get him up to 100 pitches, before he can return. The rest of the pitching matchups the Detroit series are Yu Darvish vs. Drew Smyly on Tuesday and Roy Oswalt vs. Doug Fister on Wednesday. Washington said the Rangers will stick with a five-man rotation after the July 10 All-Star Game, even though they will have three off days in the 14 days following the break. Beltre error changed to a hit The liner that glanced off Adrian Beltre's glove Saturday has been changed from an error to a hit. The normally sure-handed Beltre apparently lost sight of the ball in the midday glare, or in the crowd behind home plate. "It shouldn't have been an error," Washington said. "It was obvious he didn't see it." Gentry to get a rest After being pulled from Saturday's game, outfielder Craig Gentry is expected to get a rest day for his sore right ankle Sunday and possibly Monday. Gentry said the ankle, twisted trying to run out a bunt Friday night, was better. Gentry is available but Washington hopes he doesn't need to use him. On Sunday, Washington said at most Gentry would be used in a pinch-running situation where he would not need to steal a base, such as tagging up from third. With the Rockies throwing righthander Alex White Sunday, Gentry normally wouldn't be in the lineup anyway since he usually doesn't start against right-handers. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
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