ARLINGTON, Tex. The belief that right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama will pitch the way he did for the Texas in June and July was good enough to convince manager Ron Washington that he belonged on the American League Championship Series roster.
"Tateyama held us together in June and July when we were struggling," Washington said. "In the first round we wanted to protect ourselves with the extra player. This time around Tateyama gets a chance to get in there simply because Detroit's lineup is right-handed heavy."
The addition of Tateyama gives the Rangers eight relievers for the series and just two catchers. Matt Treanor was on the roster for the American League Division Series but didn't play in any of the four games.
Tateyama went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA for Texas and shined early. He was recalled from Round Rock in May and his ERA was 2.37 in late August. But he struggled over the season's final months and had an ERA of 23.14 in four September appearances.
Washington said Tateyama admitted he was tired in the final month but he kept on a throwing program. Both he and Darren O'Day threw live batting practice Thursday but Washington said that session didn't figure into the decision.
He did like what he saw out of Tateyama.
"He was doing as well as he did before we told him he wasn't going to be on the roster," Washington said. "He's hitting gnats in the rear. He got his command back. He's good and strong and ready to go."
No Young for Tigers
While the Rangers were adding Tateyama to their ALCS roster, the Tigers dropped outfielder Delmon Young. Young strained his oblique in the ALDS Game 5 victory over New York.
Washington isn't discounting the Tigers without Young.
"Delmon Young wasn't in that lineup when they were kicking our butt earlier," said Washington, whose team went 3-6 against Detroit in the regular season.
Young was a huge contributor to the Tigers down the stretch. In 40 games since he was acquired from Minnesota, he hit eight home runs with 32 RBI.
No more Lee
Cliff Lee decided to sign with Philadelphia over the Rangers because he felt like it gave him the best chance at winning.
Even though the Phillies were eliminated from the postseason by St. Louis Friday, Washington doesn't begrudge Lee for his choice.
"He was right about having the best chance to win," Washington said. "They just didn't get to the World Series. There are no guarantees."
Washington said he was also happy for Arthur Rhodes, who signed with the Cardinals after he was released by Rangers.
"Good people find themselves in places where they want to be," Washington said. "Arthur's a good guy."
Rhodes pitched in three games for the Cardinals in the NLDS, retiring all three batters he faced.