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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rangers' Elvis Andrus shut down for the next three days

By on 3/19/2014 12:30:00 PM

The Texas Rangers won 91 games in 2013 with solid overall play throughout the lineup and in the pitching staff. They will need the same kind of effort and good health this season to propel them into the post season. One area of concern is with the health of shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has battled a sore elbow since the beginning of the month. Andrus will be shut down due to the injury for the next three days.

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As reported at MLBlogs Network, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is dealing with a sore right elbow, will not throw for the next three days. He will be evaluated on Friday by Dr. Meister, so the earliest Andrus will play is the weekend.

Andrus has been dealing with soreness in his right elbow all spring.  On March 1 it was reported that he would sit out for a few days after experiencing flexor tendonitis in his right arm.  The 25-year-old has been experiencing soreness in the arm and the team had decided to let him rest for a few days. Now the problem has resurfaced, so the concern is that rest is not enough for Andrus to remain on the field.

Should Andrus miss extended time, Adam Rosales would start in his place. Rosales, listed as the backup at shortstop, second base and third base, batted .190 with five home runs and 12 RBI in 147 at bats last season.

Andrus is a career .274 hitter with 18 home runs, 264 RBI and 165 stolen bases.  Last season, he played in 156 games and batted .271 with four home runs, 67 RBI and 42 stolen bases.


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