Texas Rangers

June 22, 2014

Rangers notes: Ron Washington stands by comments on umpire Carapazza

Also, Adrian Beltre is nearing the 2,500-hit club.

A day later, Ron Washington had no regrets about how he addressed umpire Vic Carapazza following Saturday night’s game. He felt he spoke the truth and doesn’t expect to receive a fine from MLB.

“I didn’t tell him anything last night that I shouldn’t have said,” Washington said. “It hasn’t changed. He needs to settle down. What surprises me is the veteran umpires haven’t coached him.”

Carapazza has ejected three Rangers so far this season. He tossed Alex Rios and Michael Choice on Saturday for arguing balls and strikes. In May, he ejected pitching coach Mike Maddux for disagreeing with a checked swing call he made as that game’s first-base umpire.

“The rule is written that you can’t argue balls and strikes, but c’mon, man,” Washington said. “You think those other umpires out there take it to the extreme he takes it to? No, they don’t.”

The ejections Saturday came during a tight game at critical points. Rios stepped to the plate in the fourth with a runner on first and one out but fell behind 0-2 and bounced into a double play the next pitch. He barked at Carapazza from the dugout and was tossed.

Choice saw his night cut short in the 10th after Carapazza called consecutive pitches that appeared to be outside the strike zone as strikes. Instead of drawing a walk, Choice struck out.

“He needs to change because he’s going to get some complaints written up on him,” Washington said. “Young umpire showing might, that’s what he’s doing.”

Washington went on to say he doesn’t feel the need to discuss the issue any more with Carapazza than he did on the field because he doesn’t hold grudges.

Washington recalled only one incident in which he went overboard during a game, and that was on veteran umpire John Hirschbeck. He felt he had to take the lineup card out the next day to apologize to Hirschbeck and his crew.

Nearing milestone

Adrian Beltre had two hits in his first two at-bats Sunday, and he is now only one hit shy of reaching 2,500 for his career.

Beltre is poised to become the sixth player since 1900 who spent the majority of their careers as third baseman with at least 2,500 hits, including Hall of Famers George Brett, Wade Boggs and Brooks Robinson.

Beltre was informed of his impending milestone before the game, but has never gotten too caught up in his career stats.

“It’s an honor, but I don’t pay attention to that,” Beltre said. “You’re going to put up numbers if you’re able to stay healthy and play this game a long time.”

Beltre, 35 and in his 17th season, would also become just the 86th player since 1900 to have at least 2,500 hits.

The two-hit game by Beltre was a nice way to end a road trip in which he batted .185 over the first eight games.

Latest on Ross, Feliz

Robbie Ross returned to a starting role Sunday at Triple A Round Rock.

He broke spring training as one of the Rangers’ five starters but never found consistency in that role. He went 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA over nine starts before being moved to the bullpen.

Ross had more struggles in a relief role and was demoted to the minors Tuesday. Washington said it’s too early to determine for what role Ross will be best suited when he is ready to return.

“We just want to make sure he gets innings and he sees hitters,” he said. “That’s it. We haven’t decided anything past that.”

Neftali Feliz, meanwhile, threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts on Saturday at Round Rock, but no decision has been made as to whether he’s ready for the big leagues.

“There are days it’s progress and days he still has things to work on,” Washington said.

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