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09/17/08 1:30 AM ET
Young, Byrd have MRI exams
Pair of Rangers receive good news from results
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- For any future Rangers who may need to undergo an MRI, there are two more players in the clubhouse who can give them directions to the best place to have one performed. Michael Young and Marlon Byrd each had MRIs on Tuesday for their respective ailments. Young went in to have a broken bone in the knuckle of his right ring finger and a cyst on his right wrist examined, while Byrd was getting his left knee, which an earlier MRI revealed had suffered a bone bruise, looked at. Neither player's health issues are thought to be serious, and both learned that their MRI results came back clear on Tuesday night. "I think we've all spent more time with the MRI staff than we would have liked," Young said. "But to our guys' credit, we're playing through it. Even though we're out of the race, we've still got a job to do." "We Texas manager Ron Washington said. sure everything is good, nothing we're missing," As far as Young is concerned, he doesn't believe surgery will be necessary for his injuries, and he plans to play through the pain. "My feeling is nothing will have to be done," Young said. "I think a little rest will take care of it." Byrd said he received a cortisone shot about six weeks ago in his left knee, but he's still experiencing some discomfort in it. A prior MRI on the knee found he had a bone bruise, and he said if this MRI shows the same results, he won't miss any action. "If it says the same thing on the MRI it said before, I'm going to keep on playing," Byrd said. As different as Young and Byrd's injuries are, they're taking the same approach to the final two weeks of the season: If they can play, they will. "That's part of the game, and I'm not going to use it as an excuse," Young said. "It's my job to play through anything I can."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.