03/26/11 1:41 AM ET
Washington lifts Borbon for 'teachable moment'
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
2010 Spring Training - Texas Rangers
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Washington did not indicate he had an issue with Borbon on that particular play."He said it was knuckling and he misjudged it," Washington said. "I'm glad he didn't let it get by him." Added Washington, "It wasn't an issue." That gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead against Rangers starter Derek Holland. They added two more runs later in the inning when left fielder Josh Hamilton lost Jose Lopez's high fly ball. The ball dropped on the warning track for a triple, bringing home two runs. Hamilton said it is difficult to track fly balls in the main stadium at the Rockies' new complex. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has had trouble here during the day, misplaying three fly balls in left. "Oh my, was it bad, especially where the lights are placed," Hamilton said. "That first inning, I went back to the wall, where I thought it would be, and tried to block out the lights. By the time the ball came down, I couldn't get to it. It was tough. It was really tough. I guess if you play here, you get used to it, but this was the first time I played here." Both Hamilton and Borbon went back to outfield for the bottom of the second inning. But when Borbon came up to bat in the third inning, Murphy hit for him. So, something other than the defensive play in the first inning irked the manager, but he declined to explain it. Borbon remained on the bench for the remainder of the game, including after the other starters came out in the seventh inning and headed for the clubhouse.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.