The Texas Rangers held shortstop Elvis Andrus out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game yesterday as he continues to deal with stiffness in his lower back. While he's still dealing with the discomfort, Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters -- including T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com -- that he's hoping to get Andrus back in the lineup today.
Andrus said that his back has improved over the past few days, but he did admit that he continues to deal with "a lot" of stiffness. This is especially the case in the morning when he wakes up. While he wants to be in the lineup, Andrus said he understands that it's better for the team to use another player rather than himself at 40 percent.
"I feel better than two days ago, but there is still a lot of stiffness," Andrus said. "When I wake up, everything is tight. It's hard for me. I really want to play, but it's better to have somebody else healthy instead of me at 40 percent and get really hurt."
The back ailment has been hampering Andrus throughout the season. As a precaution, Texas wanted to add Adam Rosales as an extra utility player off the bench. With Andrus sidelined, the Rangers have used Jurickson Profar at shortstop.
Washington told reporters that Andrus probably could have played yesterday if needed, but the skipper wanted to give him another day so as to try to overcome the injury. Backs can prove tricky and linger if players are not given the proper rest, and there is a very real chance that the ailment could plague Andrus for the remainder of the season.
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