Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who showed off a huge new tattoo of his late father on Twitter Wednesday, was out of the Texas lineup Thursday because of sensitivity in the area.
Texas manager Ron Washington said Andrus was originally supposed to play but was scratched because of the tattoo on his left arm. Washington said he was glad Andrus decided to get the work done in spring training and not the regular season.
"If that's what it does to you, I don't want him to," Washington said of Andrus getting an in-season tattoo.
Team spokesman John Blake said Andrus would be in the lineup Friday and Saturday before leaving the team to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
Andrus' father Emilio Andrus died when Elvis Andrus was seven. Andrus honors him in the field before every game by writing his initials in the dirt around second base. He then does the sign of the cross and points to the sky.