ARLINGTON, Texas It's been more than three years since Elvis Andrus batted anywhere but leadoff or No. 2 for the Texas Rangers.
That changed Thursday as Texas manager Ron Washington dropped Andrus to the No. 8 spot in the batting order.
Andrus understood the move.
"That's what he thinks is best for the team right now," Andrus said. "For sure I'm not at my best right now but in the end it's all about continuing to compete. I'm still in the lineup and I'm still trying my best to help the team win."
That hasn't come on the offensive end. Andrus is batting just .242 and has just 11 extra-base hits. Over the last 39 games, Andrus is batting just .195 and has two extra-base hits.
He knows he's struggling at the plate and he's doing what he can to turn things around.
"I still think it's a little thing in my swing," Andrus said. "I'm trying to hit everything in front. I'm not really seeing the ball right now. When you see me hit that many ground balls, especially to third base and sh...