The Texas Rangers announced a one-year contract extension with manager Ron Washington on Monday. His deal now runs through the end of the 2015 season.
Washington, 61, has managed the club since 2007. Despite spending just seven seasons in Arlington, Washington became the franchise's all-time winningest manager last August when he picked up win No. 582. He took the Rangers to their first ever World Series in 2010, and then made a return trip in 2011.
Earlier on Monday, the manager made headlines when he defended his controversial bunt-happy ways.
"I think if they try to do that, they're going to be telling me how to [bleep] manage," Washington said. "That's the way I answer that [bleep] question. They can take the analytics on that and shove it up their [bleep][bleep]."
"Mike Scioscia dropped 56 sacrifice bunts on his club, the most in the league, and he's a genius," Washington continued. "But Ron Washington dropped 53 and he's bunting too much? You can take that analytics and shove it.
Harrison gets good news
Matt Harrison, who underwent an MRI last week after experiencing some stiffness in his lower back, received good news on Monday as reports on the stiffness came back as a "best scenario" moving forward.
The southpaw underwent back surgery last year. Some had wondered if he may need more surgery once the stiffness returned, but that no longer appears to be the case. Here are some more details on his prognosis going forward:
Rangers very happy with report on Matt Harrison, but Asst GM Thad Levine says it's "unlikely" he is ready for start of season. More to come— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) February 24, 2014
Harrison received nerve block injection in neck to combat neck stiffness. Will resume throwing program on Thursday.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) February 24, 2014
The Rangers have shut Harrison down and it is unclear when he will begin throwing again. After posting two really good seasons in 2011 and 2012, he made just two starts last season and was clearly not healthy. In 635 career big league innings, Harrison owns a 48-32 record and 4.15 ERA.
Without much depth in the rotation, Texas really needs the 28-year-old lefty to have a strong year on the mound.