Elvis Andrus attempted to talk his way back into the Texas Rangers' starting lineup yesterday, but manager Ron Washington was having non of it. The skipper elected to give Andrus another day off which, combined with today's off-day, he's hoping allows the shortstop return at close to 100 percent, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
After missing the past several games due to a back ailment, Andrus said he was ready to return to the lineup yesterday, even if it was just as a designated hitter. Instead, Washington went with Jurickson Profar at shortstop and Jim Adduci as the team's DH.
"I thought it was going to be Wednesday, I guess it's
going to be Friday," Andrus said. "I feel good I felt I could DH. I
guess they are going to give me an extra day and make sure I'm 100
If Andrus had needed to play, he likely could have. But with today's off-day, Washington didn't see a reason to bring the shortstop back. Instead, Andrus is now expected to return Friday when the Rangers kick off their weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers have played it safe with Andrus, and they'll continue to do so as necessary. He's apparently been battling back problems throughout the season, which could help explain his down campaign at the plate.
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